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Major Arpeggios Using CAGED System

Tom Red (170) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

I've been looking around wholenote and I noticed that there was a lack of bare bones simple explanations of certain things and arpeggios certainly fall into this category. There are other lessons out there that spell out the arpeggios and show you how to string them together but I always prefer to see somthing mapped out on the fretboard. So for my first lesson here on wholenote I'll dedicate some time to major arpeggios. I'm presuming that people reading this already know that a major arpeggio is made up of the root, major 3rd and perfect 5th..... Right then, down to business!

As I've already mentioned a straight major chord with no extra bits is made up R, 3, 5. If we use the key of C and take those notes we get C, E and G. If you play all those notes together you get the chord of Cmajor. Now, if you seperate those notes and play them in order you effectively spell out the chord. This is called an arpeggio.

For guitarists an arpeggio is useful for soloing when you want your part sit perfectly over the chord. Arpeggios can be extended all the way up to those seemingly complex chords that prevail in jazz. Those complex chords still contain series of notes that can be played seperately as an arpeggio. Knowing how these chords are spelt out and how to play them as an arpeggio will guide you through any chord progression and make your solos sound more in tune.

The next page deals with assembling your first arpeggio and seeing how it related to a standard C chord shape!