It's easy to get stuck at beginning all of our arpeggios on the root, but then we miss a lot of great sounds! In this lesson we use first and second inversions to play along with a chord progression, or harmonic sequence.
Just learning a few simple arpeggios and how to use them can make a huge difference in your musicianship and confidence on your instrument. Get started for free with this lesson on diminished triads from "Arpeggios for Rock Guitar"!
Most people who pursue a worthy goal, such as mastering guitar, do so with only a vague idea of where they're headed. It may seem like enough to simply try to be like your favorite guitarists, or become determined to be "good enough" to play an impressive technique, but these alone won't lead to success.
When students aren't seeing the results they want I ask them to consider the time and quality of their practice sessions. When they really think about it, something becomes clear - most of their practice time, wasn't spent practicing at all!
I've just begun a series of short compositions for the solo electric guitar. I just released the second one today - "Micro Caprice no. 2 in C# minor." This one focuses heavily on sweep picking and is a great example of what you can do with sweep picking beyond the standard patterns and uses. I highly recommend checking out that video before you read the rest of this.
With the index at the second fret we play E and A power chords, so this is a great position for riffing! In E minor pentatonic this will be “Box Two” and in A minor pentatonic we’ll have “Box Four”. We can move the pattern up a whole step from A to play the same notes in B minor.