Groovy Arpeggio Exercises. Part II

Harmonic Minor exercises to improve sweeping and linear finger movement simultaneously.

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This Lesson is a follow up and will focus on the 7 modes of harmonic minor. Each figure will be an altered arpeggio and each will develop a slightly different skill set. The mode may only be a starting point and several of these exercises will shift to another position on the neck. (The key the exercises are in are arbitrary, just where I developed them originally) ADD PULL-OFFS WHERE YOU SEE FIT, TOO MESSY FOR ME TO ADD INTO THE TAB. E IONIAN b3, b6 (Starts as a straight minor sweep and reveals its identity in the last bit by adding in the #7. Develop staggered upward sweeping motion)
|--------------------12-15-12------------------------
|-----------------12----------12----16-12------------
|--------------12----------------12-------12---------
|-----------14-------------------------------14-13---
|--------14------------------------------------------
|--12-15---------------------------------------------
E LOCRIAN (natural 6) (Continuation in developing upward staggered motion)
|-----------------------12-15-12-------13--------------
|--------------- (sl)--14----------14-------14-----------
|--------------14-15----------------15-------12--------
|-----------12----------------------------------15-14--
|--------13--------------------------------------------
|--12-15-----------------------------------------------
E IONIAN #5 (Develop staggered downward motion while also moving lateral. Also helps in the ability to maintain motion while being stretched out)
|-----------------------------------------12-16-12--------------------
|--------------------------------------14----------14----------13-16--
|--------------13-17-13----------13-17----------------13----13--------
|-----------14----------14----14-------------------------14-----------
|-----11-15----------------15-----------------------------------------
|--12-----------------------------------------------------------------
C DORIAN #4 (Exercise has sweeping interrupted with short fragmented picking and a slide)
|-----------------------11-10--------------11-10--------
|--------------------10-------11---10------------11-----
|------------- (sl)--11------------12---11-8----------12---
|----------8-10-12---------------------------------------
|-------10-----------------------------------------------
|--8-11--------------------------------------------------
D MIXOLYDIAN b9, b13 (phrygian dominant) (All over the place mind blower) *IS THE LAST LICK IN THE END SOLO "THE LION" FROM "THE CHAMELEON SUITE" by The Johnson Age
|-------------------------14-10---------------------------------------------
|----------------------11-------11----13-11----------------11-13-11---------
|-------------- (sl)--12-------------12-------12-11-------12----------12------
|----------10-12-13-------------------------------10-13----------------13-12
|-------12------------------------------------------------------------------
|-10-14---------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb LYDIAN #9 (Motion of sweep is slightly altered from what you're commonly accustomed to)
|-----------11-15-11---------------
|--------13----------13-- (sl)-------
|-----14----------------14-15-12---
|--13------------------------------
|----------------------------------
|----------------------------------
F# ALTERED SCALE (Delayed at the bottom of the lick. Using the same shape to slide in and out of two positions)
                                              (sl)
|-17-14--------17-14--------17-14-----------------15-18-15-14-------------
|------ 16---15------16---15------15------------16------------15----------
|---------17-----------17-----------14-- (sl)--15-----------------14---(sl)---
|--------------------------------------16-17-----------------------16-17--
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Each exercise will develop a different technical ability and also can be utilized as transitional pieces from one position to another smoothly. Feel free to email me to talk guitar josh@thejohnsonage.com www.thejohnsonage.com Youtube Facebook

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    Freepower
    anubisjj20 wrote: These are exercises for each position in harmonic minor. What don't you understand silverspurs?
    Almost everything is misnamed. Seriously.
    Freepower
    anubisjj20 wrote: Im a Berklee Grad and these "Misnamed" Harmonic minor scales come straight from their curriculum. Just because you know an alternate name does not make these incorrect.
    My issue is that there's no consistency. Sometimes they're named by tetrad function and relevant extensions - Mixolydian b9 b13 for example - and then you have Ionian b3 b6 ... ? The names are "valid" but obtuse. :S If you're going to do instructional stuff on the modes of the harmonic minor it might be good to do them with the same parent key. This is a collection of licks, not a lesson. If you could explain to the average reader how the names and licks were derived, or perhaps how each lick would function in a relevant harmonic contexts...
    anubisjj20
    Im a Berklee Grad and these "Misnamed" Harmonic minor scales come straight from their curriculum. Just because you know an alternate name does not make these incorrect.
    anubisjj20
    Never said it made me special crazysam, was just explaining where the names of the scales i was using came from
    crazysam23_Atax
    I'm kind of wondering how this is any different than any other arpeggio exercises. And being a Berklee grad doesn't make you special, in my book.
    monobrow7
    can i play these arppegios in D standard tuning with them still being the same appeggios just different Keys and modal keys?
    anubisjj20
    If it is a "standard tuning" then you can place these licks anywhere you like.
    Fear The Abyss
    monobrow7 wrote: can i play these arppegios in D standard tuning with them still being the same appeggios just different Keys and modal keys?
    *Facepalm*... Yes.
    amonamarthmetal
    I have a basic understanding of theory and even I though this was bogus. Is berklee giving degrees to anyone if they throw enough Money their way?
    anubisjj20
    Doesn't really matter brother as long as it makes sense. People just like to say their way is the only way i guess
    anubisjj20
    These are exercises for each position in harmonic minor. What don't you understand silverspurs?