Diminished Tap Arpeggio Exercise

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This is a really cool way to work through diminished arpeggios. Today we're working through a few branches/inversions of a "G" Diminished arpeggio. We're essentially looking at a 12 note pattern working across 2 strings, then we start another 12 note pattern across the next 2 strings and so on. The whole exercise spans across 3 octaves. "G" Diminished arpeggio: G Bb Db Fb/E (1 b3 b5 bb7)
The whole exercise will be addressed exactly the same (in a technical sense) on every string. We do a tap, pulloff to the pointer then hammer to the pinky. On the 6 string the notes are Db, G and Bb then on the 5th the notes are G, Db and E. As soon as we hit the 4th string the pattern starts again. The tapping concept is helpful in this context as it reduces the need to change strings or do any ridiculous stretches. You can of course variate where your taps and pulloffs go. Have fun with this one guys. Try implementing it into a new solo whether it be written or improvised!
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By Chris Zoupa

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    This is a diminished 7th arpeggio. A diminished arpeggio is simply 1 b3 b5 with no seventh.
    It isn't a diminished 7, it is a G diminished and Db diminished arpeggios. The first is a G diminished where G is the 1, Bb is the b3rd, and Db is the b5th and then the second is a Db diminished where Db is the 1, E is the b3rd, and G is the b5th. You could think of the Db arpeggio as an inverted G diminished 7 with no b3rd if that is what you are getting at, then you're half right
    No, it is a diminished 7th arpeggio. Because of diminished 7th symmetry it could really be a G, Bb, Db, or E diminished 7th arpeggio. Why call it two different chords when one would suffice?