Playing Arpeggios Fast. Part 2 - What to Practice

Before I begin, I just want to say that classical guitar (or guitar in general) is a discipline. If you want to get good, you must discipline yourself to practice.

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The Element Of Practice: What To Practice. Hi, how are you all doing? This mini "lesson" is for those of you wanting to start out in classical guitar. Before I begin, I just want to say that classical guitar (or guitar in general) is a discipline. If you want to get good, you must discipline yourself to practice. So I'll start off. First you should read two artcles that talk about practicing. If you want them just e-mail me and I'll happily send them to you. What they basically tell you is that you are your own teacher. That's right, you are your own teacher. I have a guitar teacher but I spend about 30 minutes with him in alesson once a week. The other 30 something hours that I practice, I'm alone by myself in my room practicing. So I'm basically teaching myself. Anyway you'll learn that in the articles if you read them. You should buy some books. For you extreme begginers I that have no knowledge of music at all you should get: Julio Sagrera's First Lessons for Guitar. Even if you have more experience in guitar, the later studies in the book are very useful. Also get Mauro Guiliani's 120 Studes for the Right Hand. The titel explains it. There are alternate fingerings for the right hand picking, I advise that you do those. PRactice these at 60bpm slower if it's too hard but never go above 60. LEarn one or two new ones a week until until you larn all 120 of them. You should practice your basic stuff such as Chromative octaves which is more of a left hand study. Check out my guitar trick which talks about Chromatic Octaves. Scales. Scales are utterly important! They help your fingers build strenght and coordination. I'll be posting up some scales for practcing soon. Oh yeah that reminds me, buy Andres Segovia's Diatonic Major and Minor Scales. I'll only be posting up two of them just to give you a taste of them. Practice them with accuracy. That's all I can tell you right now. I advise that you get a good teacher who's in you're area to help you out. I said that you are your own teacher but it's good to get someone with experience to guide in your technique. Teachers will help you refine your technique and make sure you're doing everything right. Remember, Practice doesn't make perfect, Perfect PRactice makes perfect (I got this qoute from some one the message forums but I can't remeber who it is). You have to be rpacticing everything right in order to get good. All the stuff I listed might seem like a little bit to practice, and yes it is a little bt to practice. THey are basically the basics of classical guitar. Once ou learn the basics, you'll get pieces down (Pieces are just a combination of different things such as arpeggios and scale rusn and such). Learning studies such as Fernado's Sor's Estudio No. 1 (which helps the left hand movement) and Carcassi' Allegro Brillante (I can't remember the study name but it helps out with Arpeggios) will also help you with individual things which will later come out in pieces. I' might add more later so see ya! These examples cover the Lateral Inversions of 4 very common arpeggio forms. Tip/Note: These types are not actually lateral patterns but, they move laterally. Also learning these will help you remember all the positions of any given arpeggio of the same type, and how you can connect them, as well as learning the differences between their sound, shape, and feeling.
Key = 

    |A Maj|
  E |-------0-5/9-5-------------------9-12/17-12-------------|
  B |------2-------5----------------10----------14-----------|
  G |-----2---------6--------------9--------------14---------|
  D |----2-----------7-----------11-----------------14-------|
  A |---4-------------7--------12---------------------16-12~-|
  E |0-5---------------9-5/9-12------------------------------|

    |A min|
  E |-------0-5/8-5-------------------8-12/17-12-------------|
  B |------1-------5----------------10----------13-----------|
  G |-----2---------5--------------9--------------14---------|
  D |----2-----------7-----------10-----------------14-------|
  A |---3-------------7--------12---------------------15-12~-|
  E |0-5---------------8-5/8-12------------------------------|

    |A sus2|
  E |-------0-5/7-5------------------7-12/17-12-------------|
  B |------0-------5---------------10----------12-----------|
  G |-----2---------4-------------9--------------14---------|
  D |----2-----------7-----------9-----------------14-------|
  A |---2-------------7--------12--------------------14-12~-|
  E |0-5---------------7-5/7-12-----------------------------|

    |Asus4|
  E |-------0-5/10-5--------------------10-12/17-12-------------|
  B |------3--------5-----------------10-----------15-----------|
  G |-----2----------7---------------9---------------14---------|
  D |----2------------7------------12------------------14-------|
  A |---5--------------7-5-------12----------------------17-12~-|
  E |0-5------------------5/10-12-------------------------------|
I don't know about you guys but I love lush chords I. e. min9, 11, 13 chords. With alterations as well (#'s, And b's). So now I am going to give you some "big" arpeggios to mess with the, first are 3 13th arpeggios. I'm throwing in an Ab augmented arpeggio, because it's a cool one.
Key = 


  E |-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
  B |------3-7-3--------------------|----------5-----------------------|
  G |-----4-----4-------------------|-------2-5-5-2--------------------|
  D |--2-5-------5-2----------------|----3-5-------5-3-----------------|
  A |-3-------------3---------------|-2-5-------------5-2--------------|
  E |5---------------5--------------|3-------------------3-------------|

  E |----------8-12-8---------------|--------8-12-8--------------------|
  B |--------10------10-------------|-------9------9-------------------|
  G |------10----------10-----------|------9--------9------------------|
  D |--9-12--------------12-9-------|----10----------10----------------|
  A |10----------------------10-----|7-11--------------11-7------------|
  E |-------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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    DCBA25
    I love how the writer of this lesson took a fat bong hit before finishing the article haha, off to practice.
    Klyptoman
    guitar_freakgr wrote: sorry to tell but this lesson really sucks . try playing some marty friedman , loomis solos it has tons of arpeggios and sweep in general so they are way much better lessons
    Just checked your profile dude, how many lessons... let me rephrase, how many contributions to the community have you made? Sorry to come in late but these arpeggios are actually really good. And props to Marty Friedman but what did he do? Drop off the Earth? And Loomis is great if you are playing 220bpm metal on a seven string. OUT
    \m/(^.^)\m/-666
    i think lossofhumanity likes the variations of the major and minor shapes, which sound different to them cos music isnt as "black and white" as "major and minor" so i guess you can just go eat shit
    \m/(^.^)\m/-666
    i think lossofhumanity likes the variations of the major and minor shapes, which sound different to them cos music isnt as "black and white" as "major and minor" so i guess you can just go eat shit
    drunkonshadows7
    Nice lesson dude! Interesting choice of arpeggio shapes and generally quite cool. lossofhumanity. . . wtf? you dont like music at all? lol
    guitar_freakgr
    sorry to tell but this lesson really sucks . try playing some marty friedman , loomis solos it has tons of arpeggios and sweep in general so they are way much better lessons
    l0ssOfHuman1ty
    dont like the arppegios that much, not a fan of major or minor chord shapes. other wise good job!
    ma22
    aj: an arpeggio is simply notes played in succession rather than together like in a chord. you can use a rest stroke or free stroke
    ThisPerishedMin
    lol, this is one of the few articles that seems useful to apply to life...props man. to marshy n shizaman, go *** eachother, later all
    ajhmou812
    .. what is an arpeggio exactly? do you let each note ring or do you let them sound individually?
    jetman_james
    tough, i'm impressed with the lesson and my own ability to play the lesson. great job
    Aliens-exist182
    Klyptoman wrote: guitar_freakgr wrote: sorry to tell but this lesson really sucks . try playing some marty friedman , loomis solos it has tons of arpeggios and sweep in general so they are way much better lessons Just checked your profile dude, how many lessons... let me rephrase, how many contributions to the community have you made? Sorry to come in late but these arpeggios are actually really good. And props to Marty Friedman but what did he do? Drop off the Earth? And Loomis is great if you are playing 220bpm metal on a seven string. OUT
    ****ing...YEAH BOI!!! that bitch just got jacked!!!