Seven Strings II: Seven String Sweep Arpeggios

author: Sevenstring18 date: 12/01/2009 category: guitar techniques
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So you have your scale patterns down, and you're ready to move on. The next step is learning your arpeggios on 7 strings. If you already know the patterns on 2,3,4,5 and 6 strings, this should be a breeze because, like the scales, you only need to add a few more notes. I'm not going to go too far into music theory in these lessons because they are geared to people who already know the concepts and want to learn to use them on 7 strings. I will, however, explain inversions. When you invert a chord or arpeggio, you are starting on a note other than the tonic. You have 3 positions: - Root Position (Starting on the tonic) - First Inversion (Starting on the third) - Second Inversion (Starting on the fifth) For example: Let's take an A minor arpeggio. The notes are A,C,E. If you start on A, you are playing it in Root Position. If you start on C you are playing the First Inversion. If you start on E, you are playing the Second Inversion. The following examples will be shown in all 3 positions, and all examples will start on A. Major Arpeggios:
- A Major (Root Position)

e|--------------------9-12-9--------------------|
b|-----------------10--------10-----------------|
G|---------------9--------------9---------------|
D|------------11------------------11------------|
A|---------12------------------------12---------|
E|----9-12------------------------------12-9----|
B|-10----------------------------------------10-|

- A Major (First Inversion)

e|----------------------12-17-12----------------------|
b|-------------------14----------14-------------------|
G|----------------14----------------14----------------|
D|-------------14----------------------14-------------|
A|-------12-16----------------------------16-12-------|
E|----12----------------------------------------12----|
B|-14----------------------------------------------14-|

- A Major (Second Inversion)

e|----------------------17-21-17----------------------|
b|-------------------17----------17-------------------|
G|----------------18----------------18----------------|
D|-------------19----------------------19-------------|
A|----------19----------------------------19----------|
E|----17-21----------------------------------21-17----|
B|-17----------------------------------------------27-|
Minor Arpeggios:
- A minor (Root Position)

e|--------------------8-12-8--------------------|
b|-----------------10--------10-----------------|
G|---------------9--------------9---------------|
D|------------10------------------10------------|
A|---------12------------------------12---------|
E|----8-12------------------------------12-8----|
B|-10----------------------------------------10-|

- A minor (First Inversion)

e|----------------------12-17-12---------------------|
b|-------------------13----------13------------------|
G|----------------14----------------14---------------|
D|-------------14----------------------14------------|
A|-------12-15----------------------------15-12------|
E|----12----------------------------------------12---|
B|-13---------------------------------------------13-|

- A minor (Second Inversion)

e|----------------------17-20-17----------------------|
b|-------------------17----------17-------------------|
G|----------------17----------------17----------------|
D|-------------19----------------------19-------------|
A|----------19----------------------------19----------|
E|----17-20----------------------------------20-17----|
B|-17----------------------------------------------17-|
Diminished Arpeggios:
- A diminished (Root Position)

e|--------------------8-11-8--------------------|
b|-----------------10--------10-----------------|
G|---------------8--------------8---------------|
D|------------10------------------10------------|
A|---------12------------------------12---------|
E|----8-11------------------------------11-8----|
B|-10----------------------------------------10-|

- A diminished (First Inversion)

e|-------------------------17-------------------------|
b|-------------------13-16----16-13-------------------|
G|----------------14----------------14----------------|
D|-------------13----------------------13-------------|
A|----------15----------------------------15----------|
E|-------17----------------------------------17-------|
B|-13-16----------------------------------------16-13-|

- A diminished (Second Inversion)

e|----------------------17-20-17----------------------|
b|-------------------16----------16-------------------|
G|----------------17----------------17----------------|
D|-------------19----------------------19-------------|
A|-------15-18----------------------------18-15-------|
E|----17----------------------------------------17----|
B|-16----------------------------------------------16-|
Augmented Arpeggios: Now these ones are easy. You just have to learn one shape!
- A augmented

e|--------------------9-13-9--------------------------|
b|-----------------10--------10-----------------------|
G|--------------10--------------10--------------------|
D|-----------11--------------------11-----------------|
A|------8-12--------------------------12-8------------|
E|----9------------------------------------9----------|
B|-10----------------------------------------10-------|
To get the other two inversions, all you have to do is shift the pattern up 4 frets. So there you are. These will be challenging at first, but once you master them, jaws will drop! One thing I must stress is that you MUST practice these slowly and make sure they are clean. I can't tell you how many people try to sweep and end up playing mashed-up crap that makes you wanna throw up. It may seem like a pain, but you'll be much happier when you can play every note clean. It just sounds better. I'm currently in the process of choosing a new topic for the next lesson. If you'd like to suggest one, leave it as a comment here or on my profile.
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