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Watch the Arpeggios online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Gym: Triad Arpeggios

The arpeggio Workouts you have before you are triad-only "arps" designed to help put this essential playing/composing tool under your fingers, but not without putting the time in. Here in Guitar Gym :: Arpeggios - Triads you'll go from top three-string visions, progress to their full six-string version and then come back down to a two-string version that challenges your neck vision as well as your technique. And, we're going to do this in a very calculated, very non-traditional way! First, let's define the little buggers...

Arpeggios are chords played as single notes individually. The latter part of that explanation is what's most important. Unlike playing the notes in a chord one-at-a-time and letting them ring out (a technique called apreggiation), these melodic devices are like scales, but with its elements (the notes) more spaced out (larger intervals) for the most part. Throughout this course you'll be working with triad arpeggios, which are three-note chord formulas. They are made up of a root (1), a third (3 or b3) and a fifth (5, b5 or #5). You'll play through four configurations of the that formula. They are: Major (1-3-5), minor (1-b3-5), diminished (1-b3-b5) and augmented (1-3-#5).

Level 1 sets the stage for your triad arpeggio development slowly and carefully and in a way that's not at all the norm. More often than not arpeggios - regardless of the string range - are presented for play in an ascending/descending fashion with not much to go on. While what's on paper may seem logical it's not always the best way. So, join me in trying something different!

In all three Level 1 Workouts you'll find arpeggios on the top three strings only. This allows your first impression to be on the string set where you'll most likely use arpeggios for soloing and lick composition. That's also why the arpeggios start high on the neck and descend down the neck instead of the pedagogical norm where you're directed to start low and ascend. You're more likely to use them in the higher ranges of the neck, so why not make you're first impression there? And, frankly, it's fun to play them up there! To add, whatever stretches you'll encounter - and you will - they'll be easier to manage given the closer proximity of the frets.

Another commonality between all three Workouts is the melodic order of the arpeggios emphasize the location of the root regardless of the voicing. You'll start on the root and end on the root helping you become aware of it's location right from the start and throughout your Workout! This is very important as I've seen many, many players over the years never establish this vision and therefore never get the most out of these amazing melodic devices. That stops here.

You'll play four arpeggios of the same type descending down the neck before switching qualities starting with major and then moving onto augmented, minor and finally diminished. This is another departure from conventional arpeggio wisdom where I don't have you flowing threw the usual order - major, minor, diminished and then augmented. The reason is simple: You'll get enough of that (in Level 3, in fact) and likely only that depending on where you're sourcing arpeggio drill ideas. Too much of one approach is never a good thing. So, again, that stops here!

The first two sets - major and augmented - will have the arpeggios descending in major 3rds, which sounds great with moving major and augmented textures. The remaining two sets will have them descending in minor 3rds, which better compliments minor and diminished. Again, these movements are designed to better connect you with the arpeggios you're playing so you can more quickly start using them instead of just knowing them! Ready?!