Arpeggio Scale (Pattern #3)
What You'll Need For This Exercise...
- Download the G major scale arpeggios (pattern #4) from this exercise’s “Related Materials & Downloads”.
- 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.
- Start by playing the guitar tab. It’s okay to introduce yourself to it without a metronome.
- 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.
- Continue increasing your metronomes tempo until you are comfortable playing along with the tab at around 120 bpm.
- 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..
- Now, play along with a simple chord progression.
- For Jazz students, you can try using this arpeggio scale to play over a jazz standard like Blue Bossa (Kenny Dorham) in Am.