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Rock Guitar Lessons: Arpeggiating Chords 3

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right, we're arpegiating more chords,
this time we're doing chords on the high
end of the guitar.
Using the higher strings and pitch.
And this chord is just a bar across the
fifth fret on those top strings.
And I'm using those other fingers to make
a melody.
[MUSIC]
And
its all happening on the highest string.
[MUSIC]
And the picking pattern is very simple,
it's just only descending notes, notes
going down in pitch.
So I'm gonna make that happen with two
upstrokes and one downstroke.
Which is exactly the way I'd play it if I
was going to finger pick it.
[MUSIC]
In that case I would do two of my first
finger and one of the thumb.
[MUSIC]
That translates to two upstrokes and
one downstroke.
[MUSIC]
This, by the way,
is one of my favorite picking warm-up
exercises.
It's not particularly efficient because it
has those two up-strokes in a row.
And, that's why it warms up my, my right
hand picking muscles so well.
So, sometimes before a show.
[MUSIC]
I'll just do that in time, and that
really does a good job warming up, and
getting me ready to do some, some picking.
All right.
So let's take a look at this.
How it all fits together.
We're gonna do this once.
[MUSIC]
Then we'll change the top note.
[MUSIC]
To the B.
And the top note to the C.
[MUSIC]
And back down.
[MUSIC]
So it's basically the same picking.
Just your left hand is changing the top
note.
So it sounds like this.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
And at the end I do a four note.
Descending [SOUND] chord.
So that's gonna be up, up, up, down.
[SOUND] And the same way I'd finger pick
it.
[SOUND]
All right, then
the next time around I just add one note
to give us a little chord chain and sound.
[SOUND] I add my second finger [SOUND] on
that F note.
[SOUND] That changes it to a F major
sound.
And I keep the melody the same.
Same bass note when I, on that last time
around.
And that's it.
Let's put the pieces together and play
slowly.
One.
With lots of muting as well to keep these
nice and tight.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right, that's a good sound.
This is really gonna help your muting,
your control of picking and open up the,
the doors of being able to take any chord
and make a cool arpeggio.
Kind of a tough sounding arpeggio
especially when you have some
distortion in muting.
And again, we could clean this up and make
this more of a clean sound out of it.
[MUSIC]
Get my sound right.
[MUSIC]
Go like.
[MUSIC]
So you can do that as well, a lot of good
ways to arpeggiate chords,
and left hand is simple, and right hand is
just making it all work.
All right, arpeggiate those chords, I
wanna hear you do it.
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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
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