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Rock Guitar Lessons: Arpeggios - Major Triad

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All right.
I'm really excited to show you my concept
for playing arpeggios on the guitar.
I think I've invented something that's a
little bit different than the way
a lot of guitar players look at arpeggios.
And it's really more of a piano-ish way of
looking at arpeggios.
Because on a piano, every octave is the
And a lot of times on guitar, the octaves
aren't the same fingerings because of
the way the guitar is tuned or be, just
because of the way scales are laid out.
So what I wanna show you is that the first
arpeggio we're gonna play
is a D major.
I'm just gonna get the D major chord in
your head.
That's the sound.
And we're gonna do a major triad which
only has three notes.
So, that's pretty simple.
It's the root,
the third.
One, two, three.
And the fifth.
One, two, three, four, five.
So, those are our three notes.
there's a lot of different ways we can
play those fingering-wise.
We can play them on one string, [NOISE] we
can play them on two strings,
[NOISE] we can probably play them on three
[NOISE] And so, it's a matter of figuring
out what fingering is,
are going to work best for our purposes.
And what is our purpose?
In this case,
I wanna find a way to play arpeggios where
I don't have a lot of limits on my speed.
I wanna be able to play them quickly.
And I also wanna be able to visualize them
easily because
playing quickly not only involves getting
your fingers trained to, to play quickly.
But, also, you have to be able to look at
the fretboard and
see where those notes are easily.
So, I think I've solved the problem.
This is a solution I like so much.
So, I'll just give it to you and we can
try it.
Here it is, we're gonna play those three
notes, and
I'm gonna start on the top note and
because I think this is the easiest way to
start from a fingering standpoint.
I'm gonna go all the way up, [SOUND] to
that A note.
Which is the fifth, and go down to the
third on the same string, [SOUND] and
then play the root.
[SOUND] That's it.
There's our triad.
[SOUND] Now, we've done techniques like
this before.
This is basically two-one, two notes on
the string, and one note on the string.
[SOUND] So we've already done a lot of
licks that have this kind of sound like
one of the very first pentatonic licks we
was that one.
Two notes and one note.
One, two and one and just going back and
This triad, can be played the same way.
So the first note is a down stroke,
pull off and then a
up, down.
Let's see.
[LAUGH] I forgot what it was.
You did it already, so you probably know
it just by habit.
So, it's down, down, up.
There it is with that, with that pull-off
in the middle.
Down, down, up. There it is. [MUSIC]
we're already getting a nice D major triad
lick there.
That technique you've already built up
from multiple other links.
We've even used it in string skipping.
Well, this one's gonna be easier.
There's no strings skipping involved, just
three notes back and forth.
Nice triad lick.
Now, the next concept that I wanna get you
used to,
is the idea of playing it in octaves using
the same shape.
So the way we do that is we've gotta find
similar notes.
So our first note is an A.
[SOUND] That's where we started, with this
particular arpeggio,
we start on the fifth A.
[SOUND] Now I wanna find another A.
And I'm gonna use the same finger in the
same shape.
So I wanna use this A here on the G
[SOUND] And this allows me to use the same
shape, [SOUND] and the same fingers.
And I'm gonna continue that concept and
find the A on the A string.
[SOUND] And the same shape same fingers.
[SOUND] So we have three identical
[SOUND] [SOUND] In three octaves.
Now I really like this because my brain
doesn't have to learn a lot of new stuff.
You know I could try to put this arpeggio,
[SOUND] all in one spot, [SOUND] but then
I have to, you know,
really adjust my fingerings to a lot of
different places.
This one,
I get a long range out of it and
it's all the same shape.
Now, that time I didn't do our lick.
I didn't do this.
I just went straight down.
Only descending.
this is really the lick I wanna
concentrate on.
This was, this was where I started with
this lick when I first.
Thought of the idea.
I found this was the easiest place
technically to start.
And it sounds good too.
So let's listen to it once.
[NOISE] That's a big long arpeggio.
[NOISE] It's being driven by a lot of
And, for this particular pattern,
I've changed the picking a little bit and
it's simple.
We're just starting with the upstroke on
the downbeat.
We've got a lot of practice with that
doing a pull-up
and then doing a downstroke.
That's a lick.
Let's just try that a little bit.
We've done this before,
but let's just get used to it with our new
D major triad shape.
One, two, three, four.
[SOUND] You just want to concentrate and
think that it's an upstroke and
a down at the end with a pull-off in the
three, four.
[SOUND] Same thing in the middle,
[SOUND] and the same thing on the bottom.
Three, four.
Now, I'm so
excited that this is the same fingers,
same picking, same everything.
The only thing that's not the same is the
fact that we have to do some pretty
serious position shifting.
We've gotta go from the 14th position,
to the 11th position,
to the 9th position.
And hopefully without stopping in between.
wanna confront our fear of position
If you're a punk rock guitar player and
you only know the power chord.
Now, of course, [LAUGH] they're some pow,
they're many punk guitar players that know
more than, than one power chord.
But, I'm just saying for our purposes here
this is the only chord you know.
Then you're gonna do a lot of position
shifting like.
nobody would look at that and go like, oh
my God that's so difficult on guitar.
You know, it's just taking one thing and
shifting positions.
This is really the same thing.
I mean, we have to shift strings a little
bit too.
But, it's, it's, it's doable.
I know cuz I, I practiced it and it works.
Works really well.
So, the way to get this is to practice the
That works for everything and it
definitely works for this.
So, let's practice the transition of just
the first section.
To the first note of the next section.
Right there.
That's, if we can get that we can get the
whole thing.
So, all you have to do is, is go from a
second finger.
Which is the ending of this lick to
our pinky here.
That's the lick and you can do it.
So, let's try it in context.
Like that.
All right.
I know you can do that.
Let's do it slow.
One, two, three, four.
You got it.
It's up, down
And ending with the up.
You got it.
Now, let's continue.
Once we're here
Let's go down that far.
Let's do two whole sections.
One, two, three, four.
You got it.
Nice clean notes.
Let's just try that, the middle to the low
We'll start with the middle.
And we'll do the pinky transition first.
Just get used to that.
We'll count it off.
One, two, three, four.
Nice and slow.
This is gonna be good.
That's awesome.
All right, I think we're ready for
the whole thing.
Let's, we'll actually, let's complete
Let's do the two sections.
One, two, middle and low.
There we go.
These are so easy to visualize.
Everything's the same shape.
All right.
Now, let's do the whole thing at that
Starting up here.
Three octaves of D major triads.
One, two, three, four.
You got it.
Three, four.
Now the picking again is [SOUND].
That's what we're doing, we're going up,
down, up, down, up, down.
That's what's driving this.
All right,
let's see if we can speed that up a little
Two, three, four.
If that's too quick just take
a smaller section.
Just do the transitions.
The transitions are really the key to
speeding this up.
So, we can go.
Just find a spot tempo wise
where that feels comfortable.
Work on it for a few days and your, your
hands will get used to the motions and,
like magic, you'll be able to speed it up.
Just get that much and start to add to it.
Practice each section.
And put the whole thing together.
All right.
And that process, like I've said before,
it really helps your ear get familiar with
how those notes are gonna sound too.
So, you're keeping all the, all the noise
None of that.
Just getting nice clean notes.
That's a nice major triad.
Now, these are triads.
So, they're three-note sections.
you'd think that would lend itself to
Let's see, if we go.
Actually, I remember.
When I first practiced this that's the
exact thing that I did.
When I went back up, I still did a
descending lick.
Just because that was the pattern I was
used to and I, I wasn't quite ready to
break out of it yet.
So I just did the high one.
The middle one.
The low one.
The middle one again to get back up.
And then, I looped it.
And that way I can keep on that triplet
So, let's try that slow.
One, two, three, four.
Go as slow as you need to go.
In order to get the picking strokes right
and work on small sections.
Once those small sections feel confident
you can build it into a larger thing.
All right.
Let's see what we can do with this.
One, two, three, four.
a cooking arpeggio with, with, with
And the thing I love about it is
it's really telling the listener where the
beats are.
It's, it's, it's staying very strictly
within those 16th notes.
A lot of guitar players will use a sweep
Arpeggio or
the sweep picking technique to play
And those are great as a glissando feel,
almost like taking a piano and
just going [SOUND] across the strings.
It's exciting, but it doesn't tell the
audience a rhythm.
And, to me, this really gives the audience
that nice, 16th note triplet feel.
You're really telling them [SOUND].
You're, you're not only giving them notes,
you're giving them rhythms.
And, that's incredibly important.
All right.
So, that's an idea for your D major.
And, let's continue on.
I, I, I'd really love to hear you play
I think, I'm really proud of this
discovery that,
that I made on how to play arpeggios and I
wanna hear you do it, as well.
So, send me a video.
I'll give you ideas and advice and check
out the other student as well.
And we'll all master this together.