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Watch the 7: Horiz. & Vert. Arpeggios online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this chapter we cover 4-note arpeggios. We take the same approach we used to play the C major scale more than 100 different ways. We will use Cmaj7 as an example but your goal is to play all arpeggios in all keys using this same methodology. We know that to build the major 7th arpeggio we start with the triad and add the 7th note of the major scale. In the key of C the major 7th chord is made up of C-E-G-B. Reference the video and the notation included for the following steps.

1. Start with your 1st finger on the C at the 3rd fret of the 5th string.

2. Play the C maj7 arpeggio horizontally. When you get to the last note, move vertically off the 5th string and play the B at the 9th fret of the 4th string.

3. Next, start the same way but move vertically and play the G at the 5th fret and the B at the 9th fret of the 4th string.

4. Finally, we play the G at the 5th fret of the 4th string and move vertically to play the B at the 4th fret of the 3rd string.

5. Next, start with the 2nd finger on the same C and apply the same approach as demonstrated in the video.

6. Next we use the C major 7th arpeggio to come up with simple musical ideas. We start our first phrases on the root. I play a simple idea and you answer with a phrase of your own.

7. Keep it simple, melodic and strive for good even tones.

8. Next, start on the 3rd, or the E of the arpeggio. I play an idea and you reply with a phrase.

9. Next, start with E but play horizontally on the B string. Use bends and vibrato to add expression.

10. Next, start on the 5th the G note at the 12th fret of the 3rd string and use the top strings.

11. Finally, we start our musical phrase on the 7th note the B. This is one of my favorites.

12. Go through all arpeggios around the cycle, maybe one a day for 5 or 10 minutes.

13. Make nice melodic ideas using these tonal centers.

14. Remember to combine the horizontal and vertical approach.