- Give you a new songwriting tool
- Help fix up what is (probably) a weak area of your playing
Major: 1 3 5
Minor: 1 b3 5
Dimnished: 1 b3 b5So what we want to do with this idea is map these arpeggios onto two of the bass strings:
And as tab:
Pretty easy so far! Have a go at playing them and get them under your fingers before moving onto the next section.
Got that? Cool!
So what do we do next? Now we want to write a short chord progression and play it using these arpeggio ideas. As an example, let's use:
E- | F∆ | F#dim | G∆ | G#dimSo let's work out the shapes for the above arpeggios:
So now we know what the shapes we want to play are, we are going to add a simple repeating picking pattern to them, which is going to give us the following riff:
Cool! Once you get your head around the process, it's quite easy to repeat.
By Sam Russell
If you want some more ideas on arpeggios and scales, you can download a copy of my free eBook, "The Ultimate Guide to the Modes of the Major, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scales."