#1
okay,so arpeggios are simply chords that are played as single notes,thats a nice piece of information,but it doesnt take me anywhere!

i keep hearing strange expressions,triads,diminished,augmented....etc. these dont sound like simply chords to me,i can handle scales,but i totally dont get arpeggios!
and i really wanna know how to incorporate them into my playing
how do i get into really understanding arpeggios then?
#2
Listen to house of the rising sun. Uses simple chords but the notes are played seperately.
#5
Yeah, appregios are just playing the notes of a chord. Alternatively, if you play any major scale, and pick the first note, then the third note, then the fifth note, it creates an apreggio.

And yeah, as said diminished and augmented are just certain chords.
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#6
Major triad = Major 3rd + Minor 3rd
Minor triad = Minor 3rd + Major 3rd
Augmented triad = Major 3rd + Major 3rd
Diminished triad = Minor 3rd + Minor 3rd
#7
so i should just learn chords and then arrpegiate them? and how do i add this to my lead playing
and i did listen to house of the rising sun,i meant how can i use them in lead licks and solos that is!
#8
a triad is a collection of 3 notes. mind blowing huh. haha
so a major triad would be
root, third, fifth (of the scale) (or 1, 3, 5)
a minor triad is
1, b3, 5
diminished
1, b3, b5
augmented
1, 3 ,#5

as for adding it to lead playing,
you could either do something house of rising sun-ish (as that seems to be a reoccurring theme) and instead of playing a chord progression, you can break it down.
or in a solo, you could use them instead of just playing runs to move around the neck and to put emphasis on certain chords etc.
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#9
yay! i could put that to use,thanks
one more question,does learning chord inversions really help me in putting arrpegios to work,or is it just a waste of time?
#10
learn them!
if you're playing one one string and want to play an arpeggio, rather than jump all over the neck to play it, you can simply play it starting on another chord tone.
ie if you're near the 3rd fret on the low e, instead of jumping to the 8th to play C, you can start on G, the fifth. etc.
#11
Yeah, if you want to arpeggiate chords you usually sweep pick them. To do that you have to lift up the fingers on your left hand as you play the note, so the notes don't ring.
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#12
say you have to map out a chord, say, a C Major. the form would be Root 3rd 5th. just play every C, E and G, depending on how many notes and/or strings you plan on your arpeggio lasting. thats about as good as i can put it. hope it helped.
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#13
so to play a longer arpeggio,i just repeat root-3rd-5th up or down the strings?
and i really couldnt grasp the meaning of this:

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learn them!
if you're playing one one string and want to play an arpeggio, rather than jump all over the neck to play it, you can simply play it starting on another chord tone.
ie if you're near the 3rd fret on the low e, instead of jumping to the 8th to play C, you can start on G, the fifth. etc.



does it mean that i dont really have to play the arrpegio from its root,and i can start on another chordal tonality?
#14
and are the tonalities in each chord are same as these of triads?
as in:a major chord has a root note,third,and fifth of the scale?
#15
Chords are built by stacking 3rds on each other. Arpeggios work the same way.

You would stack either major or minor 3rds when in a scale or key. Basically,
that's called harmonizing the scale. For the major scale, when you do that
on each note you always form the same 7 triads and they are either major, minor
or diminished. If you stack one more third on the triads, you get 7th chords of
which there are again 7 types in the major scale.

So, in the major scale you will find 7 different arpeggios and you can use either
triads or 7ths (or other extended notes) to form them.

Any given arpeggio will have patterns that run up and down the entire neck. They
lend themsleves prett well to sweeping because you can run through an arpeggio
a group of single notes on adjacent strings, but you don't have to play them that
way.
#16
tell me if i got this right

chords are stacked triads,and eg for the major scale i can play 7

triads,one for each note of the scale,which is called harmonizing the

scale,this also goes for other scales,minor,diminished...etc

i can also add a 3rd tone to the triads and this way i get 7th chords

which i can also use in arrpegios
and i dont really have to play arrpegios only on adjacent strings
so,did i get it all right?
#18
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so to play a longer arpeggio,i just repeat root-3rd-5th up or down the strings?
and i really couldnt grasp the meaning of this:


does it mean that i dont really have to play the arrpegio from its root,and i can start on another chordal tonality?


exactly, on both accounts.
unless you want a different sound, then you could add in a 7th or a 9th etc. which would make a longer arpeggio.

and you could really start on any of the chord tones
on playing them on adjacent strings:
usually, you do. and if you want to sweep pick the arpeggio, you pretty much always play them without skipping strings
so your Cmaj 7th arp would be like so:
low e :8 12
a: 10
d: 9 10
g: 9
b: 8 12
high e:8
sorry that's a bitch to read... just the best way i can do it
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