Watch the Major Arpeggio online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Melodic Patterns
One of the most useful tools for a musician is the study of melodic patterns. This series of lessons will explore the application of patterns to a simple C major arpeggio in fifth position. You will hear examples of improvisation using one or more patterns over two jam tracks; a triplet feel and a sixteenth note groove. You will learn how to disguise a pattern so it won't sound like you just inserted a passage that you practiced for a week. The principle of phrasing a pattern different ways will be presented and you'll be exposed to different fingering options. You'll also learn how to play a pattern four different ways by changing the way you read it.
Major Arpeggio Example 1 First we'll start with the C major arpeggio in fifth position based around the G form of a C chord. Memorize the notes with their respective chord tones (root, third, and fifth). Practice this arpeggio with the suggested fingering(s) as well as random "hopping" of one finger. Be sure to see the information on the fingerboard.