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Arpeggio Applications

Lesson 5 - Triads

Sample - Lesson 5

Lyle: Beside the fancy maj7, min7, dom7, and min7b5 arpeggios like you've worked on in the last 4 lessons, there are basic arpeggios made from only three different tones. These are called triads.

Lyle: They can still be used to create alternate sounds against basic chords. Listen to the lesson sample and you'll hear how these arpeggios built from triads create the illusion of chord changes while being played against a basic chord.

Lyle: The Major triad is built from the 1 - 3 - 5 tones/degrees of the Major scale. Here's a simple way to play a major arpeggio triad in A:

A Major arpeggio

A Major arpeggio

Lyle: The Minor triad is built from the 1 - b3 - 5 tones. Here's A minor:

A Minor arpeggio

A Minor arpeggio

Lyle: The Minor b5 arpeggio is made from the 1 - b3 - b5 tones of the major scale. Here's Amb5 triad arpeggio:

A Minor b5 arpeggio

A Minor b5 arpeggio

Lyle: Next I'd like you to play all three arpeggios back to back because it helps you memorize the sound and shapes.

exercise for all 3 shapes

Lyle: No try playing all the arpeggio shapes in E:

exercise for all 3 shapes in E

Lyle: Loop the TAB notation and play along with me if you can! :-)

Lyle: Now play all three arpeggios in D like this:

exercise for all 3 shapes in D

BigTX: love that tempo button :)

Lyle: Now that you're in the key of D, here's a jam track you'll want to use for the rest of this lesson:

Jam Track in D Major

Lyle: Now you're going to play triads in the key of D major and create different chords sounds, all against this one D major chord in the jam track.

Lyle: Here's a series of arpeggios in the key of D major:

Lyle: 1. When you play a D major arpeggio over a D major chord, you get a D major sound.

1 - D major arpeggio

Lyle: Play this arpeggio along to the jam track and hear how it blends in.



Lyle: 2. Go up a major 2nd (2 frets) from the major chord and play a minor arpeggio to create a maj13 sound:

2 - Em arpeggio

E, G,  B = Em arpeggio

9, 11, 13 = notes compare to D major



Lyle: 3. Go up a major 3rd (4 frets) from the major chord and play a minor arpeggio to create a Maj7 sound:

3 - F#m arpeggio

F#, A, C# = F# minor arpeggio
3,   5,  7 = notes compared to D major



Lyle: 4. Go up a perfect 4th (5 frets) from the major chord and play a major arpeggio to create a 6sus4 sound:

4 - G major arpeggio

G, B, D = G major arpeggio
4,  6,  1 = notes compared to D major
 



Lyle: 5. Go up a perfect 5th (7 frets) from the major chard and play a major arpeggio to create a maj9 sound:

5 - A major arpeggio

A, C#, E = A major arpeggio
5,  7,   9 = notes compared to D major


Lyle: 6. Go down a minor 3rd (3 frets) from the major chord and play a minor arpeggio to create a major 6 sound:

6 - Bm arpeggio

B, D, F# = B minor arpeggio
6,  1, 3  = notes compared to D major



Lyle: 7. Go down a half step (1 fret) from the major chord and play a minor b5 arpeggio to create a maj11 sound:

7 - C#mb5 arpeggio

C#, E, G = C#mb5 arpeggio
7,  9,  11 = notes compared to D major



Lyle: Here's a recap of what you just played:

Arpeggios in D

Lyle: In the lesson sample, at the top of this lesson, I played all these arpeggios in order just like this:

sample solo - part 1

sample solo - part 1

Lyle: Now you try it!

Lyle: The next part of the lesson audio sample has me sweep picking some of the arpeggios. Here's a close up look at the sweep picking technique using the A major arpeggio:

sweep picking - A Major

Lyle: Here's a close up video of this technique:

sweep picking - A major

Lyle: Same technique is used for the minor shape too:

sweep picking - A minor

sweep picking - A minor

Lyle: Here's the next part of the lesson sample in which I used this sweep picking technique with some of these arpeggios:

sample solo - part 2

sample solo - part 2

Lyle: Then I played a D major arpeggio with the sweep picking technique as fast as I could:

sample solo - part 3

sample solo - part 3

Lyle: Just for fun you can watch a video of me playing all 3 solo sections together in one take:

sample solo - all 3 parts

Lyle: Even if you don't understand what I'm teaching you here, at least you can still work on the riffs! Thanks and have fun!



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