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Watch the Horizontal 3-Note Arpeggios online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this play-along we play the arpeggios around the cycle of fourths on the top E string. The only difference between this play-along and the previous one is that we will begin with the lowest note of the arpeggio rather than the root. For example: In C, start with the open E, the 3rd of the arpeggio, in the key of F start on F the root, in the key of Bb start on F the 5th, in the key of Eb start on G the 3rd, etc.

1. Play the horizontal major arpeggios as demonstrated in this play-along video and written in the notation that follows.

2. We play quarter notes ending with a whole note when we get back to the lowest note. During the note of rest, think about the next arpeggio you are going to play.

3. Speed is not the goal. The goal is a nice clean tone and even notes.

4. Note that in the video I do all 12 keys on the high E string. Another approach is to play each key on all 6 strings before moving to the next key.

5. It is up to you to take this exercise to the other 5 strings.

More on Intervals

An interval is a relationship of 2 notes. Vertically they are played simultaneously; horizontally, they are played sequentially. Intervals are named by counting letter names inclusively. For example: C to E is a third.

This is how intervals appear in the major scale, starting with I, or the root:

Steps -- Interval -- Type -- Alterations -- New type

1 -- 2nd -- major -- any major decreased 1/2 step -- minor

2 -- 3rd -- major -- any major decreased 1 step -- diminished

4 ½ -- 6th -- major -- any major increased 1/2 step -- augmented

5 ½ -- 7th -- major

2 ½ -- 4th -- perfect -- any perfect decreased 1/2 step -- diminished

3 ½ -- 5th -- perfect -- any perfect increased 1/2 step -- augmented

6 -- Octave