Re: Arpeggio

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Posted by Pat Harrington on March 28, 2000 at 23:38:47:

In Reply to: Arpeggio posted by BassBro on March 28, 2000 at 20:25:48:

: Can anyone please take the time to explain arpeggios, how to read them what they are or link me to a place where I cansee them written as tabs. I would greatly appreciate it thank you in advance

In a nutshell, arpeggios are put together based on the notes of a particular
chord, say a "C MAJOR" chord, the arpeggio of that chord would be
C E G C, played from top to bottom or vice-versa; it's really spelling out
a chord's basic components in a linear, note form. Now, they get much
more complex when you're talking about altered chords, or when you
play them as they relate to their various degrees, which are known as
"modes". The root and the third, (or minor/flatted) third will make a chord
or arpeggio in this case "sound" major or minor. After that, it's a matter
of adding the extension of the chord, be it a 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th,
whatever...A good excercise is climbing up a scale, say a C scale,
playing arpeggios through the modes, alternating bottom to top/
top to bottom up through to the octave. Another good one is
playing a continuous arpeggio say, an E major, all the way from
the open E string all the way up to the 21st fret on the "G" string..
Maybe someone else here can add to this or perhaps explain it
in an easier to understand way, but I hope this helps a little..
Pat H

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