Book + Online Audio
Standard Notation and Tab
8.75 x 11.75
USC School of Music
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Arpeggios are chord notes played one at a time rather than strummed or plucked all together. They are an essential part of great improvising and melody writing because playing chord notes in the right places creates solid melody lines. Chord notes sound more resolved than notes that are chromatic (out of the key). Practicing arpeggios will improve your ability to learn melodies, make reading music easier, and develop your tone and picking accuracy. The first part of this book focuses on the basic fingerings of the following six arpeggios: major 7th, major 7th (#5), dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th (b5), and diminished 7th. This book along with its accompanying audio represents a comprehensive guide to all things arpeggio. It delves into traditional applications of arpeggios, as well as how they relate to slash chords, modal music and more. The student will learn about how arpeggios fall over standard chord progressions, as well as how to embellish arpeggios to make them more musical in performance situations. In standard notation and tab. Includes access to online audio.
Chapter 1 – Learning the basic arpeggio fingering patterns
Augmented Major 7th
Chapter 2 – Using 7th chords over alternate chord roots
Dominant 7th chords
Chapter 3 – Combining Arpeggios
Chapter 4 – A modal approach to using arpeggios
Chapter 5 – Two-five-one
Two-five one chord progression
Chapter 6 – Adding embellishments to arpeggios
Half step chromatic approach
Four-note enclosure pattern
Chapter 7 – Pat Kelley’s minor blues
D minor blues
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