Arpeg­gios

This month Andy Saphir con­cludes his look at arpeg­gios by in­tro­duc­ing some big­ger shapes for a wider range of notes and some very cool sounds.

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The shapes we’re look­ing at this time utilise both lower and higher strings, mov­ing through two oc­taves and giv­ing you a shape that cov­ers more fret­board area. These big­ger ar­peg­gio shapes are great to learn as they not only give you more scope for longer ar­peg­gio lines, but also rep­re­sent a larger vis­ual ‘foot print’ (or should we say hand print?) which helps you to vi­su­alise a fuller pic­ture of po­ten­tial notes that are avail­able in a cer­tain fret­board po­si­tion. Bear­ing this in mind, how­ever, from a mu­si­cal per­spec­tive, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to use the full shape ev­ery time – mix­ing shorter ar­peg­gio lines with scale based lines can sound re­ally good, and re­mem­ber to prac­tise the ex­er­cises in dif­fer­ent keys so you don’t only recog­nise the shapes in one lo­ca­tion on the fret­board.

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