Arpeggio Scale (Pattern #3)

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What You'll Need For This Exercise...

  1. Download the G major scale arpeggios (pattern #4) from this exercise’s “Related Materials & Downloads”.
  2. Or, you can play along with a soundslice exercise.

How to Complete This Exercise...

Treat this as a new pattern that you’re teaching your hands.  It’ll take time to assimilate this new way of seeing and playing a very familiar scale.

  1. Start by playing the guitar tab.  It’s okay to introduce yourself to it without a metronome.
  2. Once you feel like the tab is readable, try to play it with a metronome (set to 60 bpm).  Repeat this until you are comfortable playing the full tab, from top to bottom, at 60 bpm.
  3. Continue increasing your metronomes tempo until you are comfortable playing along with the tab at around 120 bpm.
  4. At this point, you have a good muscle memory and it’s time to apply these to a simple chord progression.  Start recognizing the arpeggio rooted on the first note of the scale as the I chord… the arpeggio rooted on the second note of the scale as the ii chord… etc..
  5. Now, play along with a simple chord progression.
    1. For Jazz students, you can try using this arpeggio scale to play over a jazz standard like Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) in Am.