Three Strings Arpeggios with a Pattern Approach


Before we discuss further what is the three strings arpeggios with the pattern approach, we must to know the definition of scale, pattern and arpeggio.

Major and Minor Scale
Scale is a particular arrangement of pitches that has some practical use in music. The relationship of the pitches to one another gives a scale its characteristic quality. Or to say it another way, the sound of a scale can be seen to arise from the sum of its intervallic components.
Scale Formulas
W : Whole Step
H : Half Step
Major scale : W – W – H – W – W – W – H
Example C Major Scale : C     D     E    F     G    A     B   C
Minor scale : W – H – W – W – H – W – W
Example C Minor Scale : C    D    Eb    F     G    Ab    Bb   C

Guitar Scale Pattern
Guitar scale pattern is a scale formations that are usually easy to visualize, remember and memorize.
Example C Major Scale pattern on fret board

Arpeggio a chord are played or sung in a rising or descending order. An arpeggio may also span more than one octave. An arpeggio is a group of notes which are played one after the other, added either going up or going down. Executing an arpeggio requires the player to play the sounds of a chord individually to differentiate the notes. The notes all belong to one chord. The chord may, for example, be a simple chord with the 1st, (major or minor) 3rd, and 5th notes of the scale in it (this is called a “tonic triad”). An arpeggio for the chord of C major going up two octaves would be the notes (C, E, G, C, E, G, C). An arpeggio is a type of broken chord. Other types of broken chords play chord notes out of sequence or more than one note but less than the full chord simultaneously. Arpeggios can rise or fall for more than one octave.

Three strings Arpeggios with a Pattern Approach
Our first approach uses patterns III and II
From these pattern can be arranged into:

So there are four forms of arpeggios, consisting of Bm7b5, Em7, Am7 and Dm7.
Here’s an exercise
And here’s  a lick. For the first time play it slow,  until you get used to it.


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