To quickly summarize – a guitar scale is made up of series of notes that fall within a certain key signature. Conversely, an arpeggio is made up of succession of notes that fall within a particular chord.
We are going to break up the A7 dominant arpeggio and just how to play it today.
To start with, you can remember that a lot of arpeggios include four notes. In the case of the A7 those notes are:
In this example we will take a look at playing the A7 arpeggio in the “E contour” place.
Try playing these four notes, then follow that with strumming the complete A7 chord. This means you are going to help train your ears to hear the notes as well as the way in which they relate back to the chord.
Of course the notes in the above TAB only show the way to play the notes of the arpeggio on strings four, five and six.
Notice this pattern only consists of the four notes of the A7 arpeggio.
Also note that the preceding pattern begins on the root note “A” in the fifth fret of the sixth string. Now that you know the pattern within this spot, all you must do to transpose it is to slide the pattern up or down the neck to the appropriate root note.
Like – to play the C7 arpeggio in the “E shape” position, just slide the preceding design to the eighth fret.
Focus on understanding the design for this particular arpeggio and become fluent in playing it ascending and descending, in addition to with different combinations of notes.
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