Arpeggios Guide. Part 2 - Soloing With Arpeggios

author: slash_pwns date: 07/01/2005 category: the basics
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Now that you've got some basic arpeggios under your fingers, can play them, and their inversions, lets work on using those in you lead lines and solos. Learn them all over the neck. This is very important. Lets look at an Em7 arpeggio for this example. A minor7 arpeggio is made up of the 1 b3 (5) b7, so Em7 is E G (B) D. There are more than just one ore two positions to play these.
E. A. D. G. B. E
o. x. o. o. o. o
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| | | | | |<---1st Fret 
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| B E | | | 
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G | | | D G<---3rd Fret 
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| | | B | | 
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| D G | E |<---5th Fret 
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B E | D | B<---7th Fret 
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| | | | G | 
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| | B E | |<---9th Fret 
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D G | | | D 
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E | D G B E<---12th Fret 
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That is the Em7 arpeggio for the first 12 frets of the guitar. Lets start making some licks with arpeggios. Starting to use arpeggios in solos. This is a mini-solo made completely out of the F#m7, (F# A (C#) E). Bm7, (B D (F#) A) and D7 (D F# (A) C) and their inversions.
 F#m7 D7
 Gtr I
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|--------------5-9--|5-9-----------------|-----12-10---------10-12|
|---------7b9------7|----7-------------13|(13)--------13----------|
|-----6-9-----------|------9--7--11-14---|---------------11-------|
|4--7---------------|--------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------|--------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------|--------------------|------------------------|

 F#m7 Bm7 D7
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|14--------14-------14-------17-14|(14)----------10|-(10)--8s5-2--|
|---17b19-----17b19----14-17------|--------10-12---|-------------3|
|---------------------------------|----------------|--------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------|--------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------|--------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------|--------------|
It's time to make your own. Now that you have the knowledge, you can compose your own leads, solos and even songs with arpeggios! Just remember, if you think using only 3-4 notes to make an entire solo is hard, just think of how many famous solos are entirley pentatonic! You use arpeggios the exact same way you would use a scale, just and arpeggio has less notes. Arpeggios can even sound better than scales, its all up to you.
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