Arpeggios Guide. Part 2 - Soloing With Arpeggios

Part 2 of a series lesson on arpeggios. This introduces soloing with arpeggios and and techniques to use them.

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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
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| B E | | | 
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G | | | D G<---3rd Fret 
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| D G | E |<---5th Fret 
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B E | D | B<---7th Fret 
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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|
|---------------------------------|----------------|--------------|
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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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    slash_pwns
    Sorry if this is little short... Next section will be- "Arpeggios Guide. Part 3- Arpeggios in Music"
    jono_63
    Thanx heaps, i thought it was bout time igot serious bout learnin soloing n iv done the pentatonic stuff now its the appegios turn....thanx heaps Jono
    bengosha
    magro7 wrote: Hi i dont get one thing, if you used the F#m7, Bm7 and D7 to make the solo, why did you use the G# note (the fret 9 of the 2nd string)?
    That's F#
    magro7
    Hi i dont get one thing, if you used the F#m7, Bm7 and D7 to make the solo, why did you use the G# note (the fret 9 of the 2nd string)?
    glenthemann
    Quazzar wrote: Ok maybe im confused a little. If a minor 7th is 1 b3 b7 wouldn't the Em7 be E bG bD or am I looking at this all wrong...and you don't use the flat or sharp notes.
    b7 based on the major scale, same goes for your b3. Everything is based off of the major scale. In a minor, aeolian, scale you flatten the 3rd and 7th, so in E major the 7 is a D#, but in the minor scale the 7th is D.
    mickmarz
    grmreaper- i would suggest learning basic music theory. either take a class on it,find a guitar teacher that knows theory,or get an introductory book on theory & start at the beginning learning it on your own. all the info you are looking for would be covered there.to oversimplify,you need to learn about the major scale including its uses and how to construct one. hope this helps.
    Quazzar
    Ok maybe im confused a little. If a minor 7th is 1 b3 b7 wouldn't the Em7 be E bG bD or am I looking at this all wrong...and you don't use the flat or sharp notes.
    grmreaper
    Ok i no this prob seems sad to some but ive played guitar for 7 months but still didnt find the following out; 1- I understand that their are diff scales but what do each do 2- i no that the pentanonic scale is used widely for most artists but how and why 3- WHAT IS A KEY- i no that it has what chord you play, but what can i ONLY play notes in that chord to make it sound good or what. 4- i want to be able to shred but i dont really understand any thing on these forums, can someone explain them to me in the easiest way possible. PLEASE HELP GIVE ME TIPS OR SUGGESTIONS also, if you need to know about what level of a guitar player i'm at i can tell you every note on a guitar, i no all about hammer-ons pull-offs slides, slides, realeases, bends etc. the hardest songs i can play are prob "master of puppets"(up to end of first chorus) and "diary of a madman"(acoustic part) thnx
    cap'nkirk
    i seem to have skipped this in my playing... i've been using pentatonic scales for soloing for years... but, i had been missing an aspect, this is it. thanks a bunch.
    slash_pwns
    ^It's not suposed to be in key, really... Just something I took off the top of my head.