Watch the Alright Arps online guitar lesson by TrueFire from 50 Licks Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Sometimes the best melodies are the ones that follow the chord progression. Not just follow the chord sequence, but actually are like white on rice with them (if you’ll excuse the expression). Where the chord goes the melody and arpeggio goes. This lick is the first half of the main theme of my song "I’m Alright" and I think it shows that a very compelling melody can come from honoring the backing chords with some outlining arpeggios. Using arpeggios in this way can add some movement in the piece which adds excitement for the listener. Using the simple chord tones of 1, 5, and 3 you can add this kind of treatment to your themes and solos.