Everyone learning improvisation is correctly advised to start by mastering their scales and arpeggios. Of course, the challenge is learning how to improvise without sounding like you’re just running those scales and arpeggios up and down the fretboard. That can be a very time consuming and frustrating process without a clear and accessible approach. Tim Miller’s Creative Arpeggio Design system is a proven, extraordinarily easy solution developed specifically for guitar players.
Tim is currently a Professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music. Guitar Player magazine characterized his playing as “pure melody consciousness with remarkable control, and a breathy, violiny tone.” Tim is also a gifted player who has performed and recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Randy Brecker, Mick Goodrick, Mike Stern, Gary Burton, Eddie Gomez, David Liebman, George Duke, and many other world-class artists.
We’re very proud to welcome Tim to the family with his first TrueFire course, Creative Arpeggio Design. ”In this Creative Arpeggio Design course, I’ll show you three new arpeggio fingering templates -- all of them structured with 2-1-2-1 fingering patterns, which not only make the patterns super easy to learn, they’ll enable you to play them with great speed.
I’ll show you how to easily modify those patterns to fit any chord, in any key, anywhere on the fretboard. Once you become fully familiar with these fingering templates, you’ll be able to craft endless creative variations to power your improvisations with.”
Tim organized the course into three main sections. In the first section, The Foundation, Tim steps you through six lessons, which reveal the fundamentals of his Creative Arpeggio Design system: Origins Of The System, Three Arpeggio Shapes, Fingering Tips & Options, Applying The Shapes to Scales, Hybrid Picking Approaches and Your Ears & Creativity.
In the second section, Scale Examples, Tim shows you how to adapt the three arpeggio shapes that you learned in the first section to eight of the most useful scales to craft creative arpeggios for your improvisations.
Tim presents an Overview, an Improvisational Performance Example, and then a Creative Approach Breakdown for: Minor Pentatonic Arpeggios, Major Scale Arpeggios, Dorian Scale Arpeggios, Phrygian Scale Arpeggios, Lydian Scale, Mixolydian Scale Arpeggios, Aeolian Scale Arpeggios and Locrian Scale Arpeggios.
In the third and final section, you’ll work through four Application Etudes: 2 5 1: C Etude, 2 5 1: Two Keys Etude, Modal Progression Etude, and a Jazz Blues Etude. Tim overviews each Etude and then demonstrates the application with a performance over rhythm tracks. The Etudes are designed to help you learn how to apply the arpeggios and approaches from the system when improvising over real world progressions.
All of the Etudes are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Tim generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let's spark up some creative improvisations with Tim Miller!