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

Let's look at the two-two forms of Add 9 arpeggios. These are probably the most useful of all the forms available as they fall into familiar patterns for both hands. From the picking hand's standpoint, they appear as pentatonics with symmetry that facilitates alternate picking. From the fretting hand's viewpoint, again there are shapes similar to pentatonics and the "walking" aspect of fingering is optimized with the 2 notes-per-string layout.


Ex 10 presents an EAdd 9 arpeggio in this 2 notes-per-string form on each of the adjacent string groups. The fingering is consistent on all string groups except the 3rd and 2nd string group. This is a result of the way the guitar is tuned.


Take one of the arpeggios and practice all the permutations of the 1 2 3 and 5. Here is a list of those permutations; apply these to all examples in this volume to be absolutely thorough in your study. This one practice regimen will keep you from playing the same melodic sequences (a common rut).


Permutation of the Add 9 arpeggio

1 2 3 5 2 3 5 1 3 5 1 2 5 1 2 3

1 2 5 3 2 3 1 5 3 5 2 1 5 1 3 2

1 3 2 5 2 5 1 3 3 1 2 5 5 2 1 3

1 3 5 2 2 5 3 1 3 1 5 2 5 2 3 1

1 5 2 3 2 1 3 5 3 2 1 5 5 3 1 2

1 5 3 2 2 1 5 3 3 2 5 1 5 3 2 1