Watch the Three - One Forms online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: The Golden Arp

Now we will change the layout of the Add 9 arpeggio to a "three-one" form. What this means is that there will be three notes on the lower string and one note on the next highest string. This will enable you to play the arpeggio with just your fretting hand (no tapping needed). It also reveals symmetrical fingerings.


Look at example 6. Measure one shows the root position EAdd 9 arpeggio on the 6th and 5th strings. Notice how all we have done is move the 5 (from example 2) over to the 5th string.


Measure two mirrors measure one because it is just one octave higher. Next notice measures 3 and 4 in example 6. The fingering never changes because you're always playing on strings tuned a perfect fourth apart (5 frets). That's because the 3rd and 2nd strings are tuned a major third apart. Keep this principle in mind as it will serve you in all your studies.