In this weeks video I explore the arpeggios possible out of two pretty standard guitar voicings. Arpeggios along with scales make up the bulk of the information that we use to craft a solo, improvised or otherwise. Being nimble with arpeggios is about as important as brushing your teeth. I will say that you should always be developing ways to get different arpeggio shapes into your playing, that’s something that won’t ever stop, but a great way to start developing arpeggio patterns is to use our basic drop 2 and drop 3 voicings to find patterns that work for you.

The real benefit of these two shapes is you can see how the chord tones move to create each voicing.That along with the fact that the structure makes picking and fingering very reliable. Start out practicing these slow, as slow as you need to play them perfectly, then start pushing yourself to play them faster. Don’t re-enforce bad technique or habits by starting out trying to play them too fast, it will limit your top end speed.

It’s important to understand that just playing these shapes over chords won’t make a great solo, you have to develop some language and creativity with enclosures and pickup notes, but that’s where listening and transcribing comes in.

Check out the video and let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the topic. I’d be happy to help fill in any gaps or just discuss your favorite arpeggio shapes!