Watch the Sweet Notes: 16 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from SoloCraft
An arpeggio is a chord broken into its single notes. A7 is made up of the notes A, C#, E and G. The D7 chord consists of the notes D, F#, A and C. We are going to learn an A7 (A9) arpeggio and a D7 (D9) arpeggio in position at the 5th fret. Learning an arpeggio to use in our improvisations will give us all of the sweet notes found in our chord backing track. This ultimately means that if we learn to play these arpeggios as musical phrases over these chords we can't hit a wrong note ever (in theory that is)! Using arpeggios to improvise with also lets us outline the harmony (chords) even if they are not present in a musical arrangement. An example of this is when you are playing with a trio of drums, bass and guitar. The chords you were playing drop out when you take a solo or melody line. Using arpeggios to outline the chord progression helps us hear the chords in their absence and it will also define you as a player who really hits some sweet notes!