LEGATO CHROMATIC ARPEGGIO
One of the easiest ways to spice up your arpeggio licks is to add chromatic passing notes between the chord tones. Here I have achieved this simply by playing all the notes that occur between the 5th (D) and 3rd (B) of the G major arpeggio – beats 2 and 4 of bar 1. Notice that, as this arpeggio is played over an Am chord, these notes function as 11th (D), major 3rd (!) (C#), b3 (C) and 9th (B) – creating a nice jazzy effect. Bar 2 contains an ascending sliding phrase that’s all played with the same fretting finger – very Van Halen! Be careful not to rush the timing of the chromatic notes, but sound them all as cleanly as you can. Also be aware that during the sliding section it’s easy to mis-fret, so watch your fretting-hand accuracy. As always, aim to develop further ideas of your
LICoKwn –- a good starting point would be to investigate the four-fret chomatic ideas that occur between the 1 and b3 of minor arpeggios and the 5 and b7 of dominant chords.