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Must Know Guitar Licks, Patterns, and Sequences (Lesson 2) | 3 Creative Arpeggios

November 3, 2019

hey Steve from Guitar zoom thank you so much for joining me today what we’re going to be doing is looking at three different ways to expand our typical arpeggios and make them a bit more creative sounding and a bit more fun to play so make sure you’re tuned up and let’s go ahead and get started you alright first off what we’re gonna be doing is looking at these three arpeggios over the the sound of an E minor chord now you might be in the key of E minor using these or you might be in another key but you’re visualizing E minor or you know however this logic works to you I just want to give you the idea of these three different things to use so you could use these in G major you could use these in the E minor or any of the relative modes or maybe you’re just looking at using it over the actual sound of the e minor chord so the first thing I want you understand about an arpeggio what is an arpeggio well and arpeggio is what we refer to as a broken chord so what I’m doing is I’m taking the notes of an E minor chord and I’m playing them independently so I’m playing E and G and B so I might make a typical or a pezzi oh that looks like this so I’m playing eg B and then I’m moving up and playing that octave higher and then ending on my e up here something like that so if I put that together it makes for a nice little motion and if you’ve never done that before that’s certainly something you could learn as well okay but what I want to do is I want to expand this a little bit for two reasons number one to make it sound a little more colorful and number two to make it a little more comfortable for the motion of my fingers when I play guitar there’s just certain things that seem like they kind of roll off your fingers a little bit easier than others and I want to give you some of the ideas that I use okay so we’re gonna take a step back from this a minor just for a second so I can explain to you the theory behind what I’m doing not that you need it if you don’t understand it you can completely disregard this but I want you to see this so what I’m gonna do is take a C major chord and I love the sound of the the seventh in that chord in in this case I’m using the major seventh so I’m taking that C major seven sound and I’m gonna make an arpeggio out of that so I’m gonna play the Triad which is C E and G and I’m adding in the major seven and then I’m gonna add in the ninth and then right up here I go up and I’ve got my [Music] and be okay so CBGB and then here instead of adding in the sea I’m adding in the D so it looks like this [Applause] [Music] now you can play this slow you can play it fast whatever you’re interested in but the point is is just taking this chord and it’s adding some color to it because we’re using some tones that are not part of the triad right [Applause] [Music] okay so what we have essentially wind up with here is what’s referred to as a C major seven chord with an ad nine that’s what we’re doing now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna play that exact same thing over the note or over the chord E minor okay so if I think about it if I had this going on in the background play that same idea what I wind up with is an E minor seven with an added 13 okay now let me explain that to you here so for now let’s just bypass the note C and let’s start on e so I wind up with being G and B which is my triad mighty minor triad and up here and I’ve got the D well the D is the minor seventh of the E chord so there’s my 7th so and then up here I’ve got [Music] that’s just starting all over okay it’s just my minor trying again so now let’s add back in that C and it is how to see work well the C would be the 13th or the sixth depending on how you look at it but that’s what we’re adding in and again I’m not really worried about the theory of it I like the sound of it and the the comfortability of it because right now what I’ve done is I’ve created an idea that I can use in multiple places when I’m soloing over different chords or in different keys and different kinds of things like that so over this II I could start on E and then it’d be perfectly fine but I can start down here on C as well and play that idea okay now that again the other thing that makes its really nice is that I’ve got two notes on this string and one nona is to this point here and to here and so it makes for a nice comfortable [Music] as I play [Music] you can play this any way you want you know you don’t have to just play it toward the floor you can do it baby you just play a little bit of it and then you jump into something else right so that’s an idea that’s one thing that you could do the next thing we’re gonna do is we’re in look at again another a minor arpeggio so I’m gonna start on e here okay and I’m gonna play eg and B and then I’m gonna play eg and B again so this is a typical kind of arpeggio shape here where I’m playing it like this and depending on what fingers you use you might wind up doing this little bar on the ninth fret of the fourth and third strings and that’s again there’s nothing wrong with it’s a great sounding thing and I hear guitar players use these all the time but what I’m gonna do is change this up a little bit to make it a little more interesting sounding so I’m gonna start up here on the E and what I’m gonna do is I’m going to I’m gonna do a pull off from e all the way back here is C at the eighth fret and then I’m gonna go over to B so I’m getting that half-step sound okay and then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna drop down from the 7 to the 8th fret to the 9th fret here there’s my arpeggio but then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna go to the 10th fret here so visually what I’ve got is this line that’s going 7 8 9 10 now this 10 here if we look at it from the E minor perspective boom boom boom here’s the minor 6 that’s what I’m adding in now when you get there you might you know maybe drop into a scanner idea [Music] or you might go somewhere else you know somewhere else like that but it’s this idea right here but it changes up the sound of that a little bit so again you don’t always have to think that everything has to be exactly the way that I’m playing it you know if you if you come up with an idea off of that arpeggio maybe you’re you’re soloing you want to know right but you’re not sure how to get into that way you could just walk up the scale into that or maybe you start your app edgy oh right away you know there’s lots of different ways that you can approach this it’s just taking a little time in thinking about it a little bit and figuring out what feels best to you as you’re playing now the last one is really easy because we’ve already learned that we’re just going to play it in another position okay so we’re gonna take this idea right here that we did over the C major seven which wound up being that kind of a minor seven with an ad 13 that idea right there okay and we’re gonna move that up onto the G because if I think about it if I play this right here G and B okay I’ve got eat right here so there’s my minor triad now if I continue playing that exact same shape it just winds up functioning differently because I’ve got and then right here well that’s my seventh okay I’ve got the note F sharp is the ninth right [Music] okay and then right up there I’m adding in the note a [Music] see that okay and then we keep going we’ve got our B D and F sharp again so it winds up if I’m correct here in thinking about this it winds up being an E minor nine with an ad 11 essentially is what I’m doing but again my theory is always the afterthought because what I’m really thinking about is is it comfortable and does it sound cool right so oftentimes when I play this I’ll leave the e off so it’s functioning exactly the same way that this C major seven idea down here that I did I’m doing the same and then I’ll drop into whatever [Music] you can see how you could tie all of these ideas together as you’re playing the goal is just to take your time with it and again look at what I’m doing and then decide what’s gonna work best for you maybe you change the way you’re picking it or maybe you change some of the notes in there to make it a little more comfortable for yourself and I encourage you to do that okay this is just a starting point for you so take care if this video helped you please do me a favor and share it subscribe to the channel and if you’re looking for any more information on the way I teach you can always head over to get our zoom comm and check out some of my guitar courses so take care stay positive and I’ll talk to you soon [Music]


  • Reply Steve Stine Guitar Lessons October 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm

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  • Reply Sahil Rock November 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    tq so much
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    and I am big fans of yours…!!😊👍👌

  • Reply Jared T November 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Great video Steve thank you!

  • Reply Viking Wolf November 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    HI… Awesome channel, when learning a solo to a famous song, how do you map out the finger positions ie: from one phrase to another.. how do you find the patterns of a lick, compared to the notes that make up the feel of the solo.. (how do you find the patterns) ??
    Steve we are the same height, i don't think the NBA are calling us soon lol 🙂

  • Reply 1337Ox November 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    without any doubt, you are the best guitar lessons channel on youtube PERIOD

  • Reply j D November 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Always great steve

  • Reply Timmy Spencer November 3, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Thanks as always, my good man.

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