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Now something really beneficial
we're gonna cover are arpeggios.
These are basically it's basically playing
a chord one note at a time.
And so what this is gonna do once we go
through these is, it's really gonna
open up the neck and show us a lot of
different ways to play in a major key.
So an arpeggio, a real basic G arpeggio
would be something like this.
Just those three notes in a row.
That's the one, the three and the five in,
of a G chord.
So you've got these three notes.
Well, you could also play those same notes
in a different order, like this.
That's another type of G major arpeggio.
But instead of starting on the, the one,
[SOUND] you start on the three.
So you do three, five, one.
So you can go one, three, five.
You could go three, five, one.
So this arpeggio right here [SOUND] starts
on the 4th fret of the 3rd string.
[SOUND] Then you play the 3rd fret of the
2nd string.
[SOUND] Then the 5th fret of the high
[SOUND] So that little pattern right
[SOUND] that is [SOUND] a major arpeggio.
Basically, first inversion, so you can
move that anywhere, but
that's the G version.
[SOUND] The now, the other one to get a
hold of is this one right here.
So that one,
looks like a straight diagonal line.
You start on the 7th fret of the 3rd
[SOUND] 8th fret of the 2nd string.
[SOUND] And the 9th fret of the high
[SOUND] And then the 12th fret.
[SOUND] You're back, just like as if you
were open.
So, there's really just three different
ones you need to learn.
[SOUND] This here, [SOUND] that one,
[SOUND] and that and then.
[SOUND] When you get to the octave, you
are back at the start.
So those are thee basic G major arpeggios.
Now, the way these come in handy is say,
for instance, I was on playing a D chord
on the 7th
fret [SOUND] and then it were to go to a G
Well, I know I've got [SOUND] my G major
arpeggio right here, so.
instead of always have to go to where the
bar chord is,
I can know these other arpeggios [SOUND]
and play in those areas.
[SOUND] As opposed to always having to go
to the 12th fret or open for G.
So, let's go over a couple more.
We can do those
same arpeggios on the lowest three
strings, cuz we know the top three and
the lowest three are the same an octave
So we've got this [SOUND] and then this.
And then this.
And here.
So there's only three you really have to
learn for each major arpeggio.
Now, one thing you can do is get them,
start to learn them on each set of
So, you've got them on the top strings.
what if you wanted to go in a couple
strings, like to this?
So, that's on the 2nd,
3rd and 4th strings.
So you move in to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd
You've got open [SOUND] and then 5th fret,
4th fret, 3rd fret on those strings.
And then you've got 9th fret, 7th fret,
8th fret.
That's another looking pattern.
And then the 12th fret one.
But you can go even another string lower
and do the 5h, 4th and 3rd strings.
So, that's how I approach
these arpeggios is I try and
get them on each set of three strings.
If you can do that, you're gonna really
open the neck.
Now if we go to the key of C,
we can basically use these same patterns
just in a different key.
So we, [SOUND] the C chord.
[SOUND] one, three, five, that's our first
Then the next one is this here.
[SOUND] So that's 9th fret, 8th fret, 10th
And then this one here, the diagonal one.
12th, 13th, 14th [SOUND] and then the
So really once you learn what this pattern
looks like once,
just like a lot of other things, you can
move it to 5th, whatever key you're in.
So, I've got all these arpeggios written
I recommend you take a look at them and
experiment a little bit.
You'll see how they benefit you once you
get into it.