Page 5: "Chapters Of
Shred Guitar" - Arpeggios Of Choice - Part 1
The Scales have now
been covered, time to move on to something similar, yet different.
Arpeggios are one of
the most important thing to learn for shred guitar. It's almost fair to say that
every shred song will contain at least a few. The concept of how arpeggios are
formed is easy - playing notes that form a particular chord one at a time. As we
all know, you play chords with a strumming motion, with the tone from each note
ringing into one and another. In contrast, arpeggios are played with one note
after another, and not all at the same time. Arpeggios can be a beautiful thing
when composing a melody, sounding very good played over the proper chords, or
even by themselves. Difficulty when beginning arpeggios is making a note sound,
and then silence when the next note is to be sounded. Arpeggios are not supposed
to let the notes ring into each other, it takes away the purpose of arpeggios,
and is basically just a slowly strummed chord if done that way. First arpeggios
can be challenging, even for any level guitar player, but once the fingerings
are remembered, and the picking techniques are down - whether single picking the
notes or sweeping them - they will become much easier. Like all musical
concepts they need time devoted to them until they can be master.
So basically I told you how
arpeggios are formed "a chord whose
notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously". Okay so you
may be saying "how the hell do I use that". Well I will explain now in further
Lets look at the A Minor Chord (The
relative minor chord for C Major)
So the notes that form the A Minor Chord are - " A - E - A - C- E"
Notice that the chord only really contains 3 notes, which are "A - C - E"
When these notes are played one after
another, an arpeggio has been formed.
So here is a Diagram for one pattern of
the A Minor Arpeggio , Notice the Arpeggio's notes are "A - C - E - A"
Now it may seem pretty boring if that's
it... But that's only scratching the surface of arpeggios. Lets look at an
extended version of that same arpeggio, including the same notes an octave
So if we can extend it once, why not
extend it again ?
That may have looked confusing, so from
now on I will post the arpeggios in a composed musical. Heres the layout for the
arpeggios in the below diagram.
Measure 1 ...A Minor Arpeggio that we looked at first
Measure 2 ...A Minor Arpeggio, with the same notes, but extended.
Measure 3 - 4 ...A Minor Arpeggio, yet again extended even further.
Measure 5 - 7 ...Look! It's another extended A minor arpeggio!
Measure 8 - 11 ... This guy doesn't give up extended those Minor Arpeggios does
Measure 12 - 13 ... C Major Arpeggio
Measure 14 - 18 ... C Major Arpeggio (Extended, three patterns combined.)
Measure 19 - 23 ... C Major Arpeggio Extended.
Measure 24 - 30 ... C major arpeggio and A Minor Arpeggio combined. Just showing
how they can be combined, nothing more.