Leech Lessons. Part 4 - Arepeggiating Chord Progressions

author: 0000409D date: 10/15/2003 category: the basics
rating: 6.1 / votes: 7 
I think arpeggiating chord progressions is a great way to get to know the fretboard better. The chords can be just triad voicings, but of course the whole thing gets way more interesting (my opinion! ) and also trickier if you take four or more notes per voicing. I made up an arpeggio etude over a very common jazz progression. Here you have the formula:
VIm7 - IIm7 - V7 - Imaj7 - IVmaj7 - VIIm7b5 - IV7 - VIm7(VI7) 
Dm7 - Gm7 - C7 - Fmaj7 - Bbmaj7 - Em7b5 - A7 - Dm7 (D7)
Learn the first arpeggio until you can play it over and over at a certain speed, then go on to the next one and so on, and finally play the whole thing. Try to find trouble spots, pick the arp the problematic notes are in and learn it until you can play it. I think the most difficult spots will probably be where you return from tapping to sweeping upwards. Each arpeggio is played up over two octaves and then back down, so it contains 16 notes per bar (So play sixteenth notes if you use a metronome. Always use downstrokes for the ascending notes that you don't hammer, and use upstrokes for the descending notes you don't pull. With that and a little speed you'll really get that sweep feeling. It will take a little time until you can play it fast, but remember: This etude is not necessarily only about speed, you can also try to bring a little dynamics (accelerando / ritardando etc. ) into it. I also wrote the fingering the way I play it, but feel free to change it if you like. Nuff said, now get yer guitar out and learn that stuff!
t = right hand tap (I always use my middle finger) 
t---| = hold the tap until the | 
/ \ = slide up/down 
h p = hammer-on/pull-off 

     Dm7             t                  
|--------------5h8-10p8p5--------------------------|
|------------6------------6------------------------|
|--------5h7----------------7p5--------------------|
|------7------------------------7------------------|
|--5h8----------------------------8/---------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
   1 4 3 1 3 2 1 4    4 1 2 3 1 3 4

   Gm7              t------|
|--------------6h10-13/1513p10p6-------------------|
|------------8--------------------8----------------|
|-------7h10------------------------10p7-----------|
|-----8----------------------------------8---------|
|-/10----------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
   4  2 1 4  2 1 4           4  1 2 4  1 3

   C7
|------------------6h8p6---------------------------|
|----------------8-------8-------------------------|
|--------------9-----------9-----------------------|
|---------8h10---------------10p8------------------|
|----7h10-------------------------10p7-------------|
|--8-----------------------------------------------|
   2 1 3  2 4  3 2 1 2 1 1 3 4  2 3  1

   Fmaj7         t------|
|------------5h8-12/1312p8p5-----------------------|
|--------5h6------------------6p5------------------|
|------5--------------------------5----------------|
|----7------------------------------7--------------|
|--8-----------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
   4 3 1 1 2 1 4          4 1 2 1 1 3

   Bbmaj7
|----------------5h6p5-----------------------------|
|--------------6-------6---------------------------|
|------------7-----------7-------------------------|
|--------7h8---------------8p7---------------------|
|----5h8-----------------------8p5/----------------|
|--6-----------------------------------------------|
   2 1 4 3 4 3 2 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 1

   Em7b5             t
|---------------6h10-12p10p6-----------------------|
|-------------8--------------8---------------------|
|---------7h9------------------9p7-----------------|
|-------8--------------------------8---------------|
|-/7h10------------------------------10/-----------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
   1 4  2 1 3 2 1 4     4  1 2 3 1 2 4

   A7                 t------|
|----------------9h12-15/1715p12p9-----------------|
|-------------10--------------------10-------------|
|--------9h12--------------------------12p9--------|
|-----11------------------------------------11-----|
|-/12----------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
   4  3  1 4  2  1 4           4  1 2  4  1 3

   Dm7                     D7
|--------------------------10----------------------|-----|
|--------------------10-13----13-10----------------|-----|
|-----------------10----------------11-------------|-----|
|-----------10-12----------------------12-10-------|-----|
|--------12----------------------------------12----|-----|
|--10-13----------------------------------------14-|-10~-|
   1  4  3  1  3  1  1  4  1  4  1  2  3  1  3  4    1
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