Arpeggios are a great way to add color and complexity to your playing. You can make riffs out of them, use them in solos or even create melody lines with their fluid sound. In this video, you will learn one arpeggio lick which you can use to solo over any major and minor chord.
Arpeggios create a fast, flowing sound. Besides using them for speed in playing, arpeggios add a kick to improvisation skills. Because an arpeggio contains all the notes of its chord, you can use them in your solos and link them to what's going on in the chord structure beneath you to create cool sounding licks.
Arpeggios always sound good over their matching chord in a progression, which you’ll learn how to do in this first lick.
The first lick will be in A minor chord. You can notice that the form of this lick is basically like the D minor chord. You can play this by cross-picking or by sweep picking, depends on your comfortability. Try and practice is slowly at first, gradually increasing the speed, but keeping every single note audible. If you have a metronome, you can start with 60 or 70 BPM if you’re a beginner, and 80 to 100 BPM for advanced players.
The second lick will be in F Major chord. For this one, just use the A minor formation from the first lick, then move your index finger forward to a half step (one fret forward).
The third lick will in G chord. Simply move the whole form of the arpeggio lick two frets forward (whole step).
The last lick will get you back to A minor arpeggio scale. Remember, you can every arpeggio as long as you need until you get comfortable with. Transitions from chord to chord can be challenging especially for beginners, so it’s good to get used to a single arpeggio chord first before transitioning.
You can get the complete tab of this lesson here, plus jam tracks for you to practice with. Have fun!