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C Lydian Super Imposed Arpeggios
Superimposing common arpeggios can add a new and exciting sound to your solos, helping you to utilize patterns and shapes you already know.
When you “superimpose,” you take one sound and layer it on top of another. when playing over a chord, you “think” a different chord in your improvisation.
This particular exercise uses both hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and sweep picking to achevie this type of sound. This concept is used in every type of guitar playing, all the way from Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, to Stevie Vai, and Joe Satriani. It’s and extremely useful technique.
Begin with an Em7 arpeggio starting on the seventh fret, on the fifth string. In measure two move down a Bm pattern with the slide from the fourteenth fret, to the fifteenth fret with your pinky on the fifth string. This gets you to the C arpeggio in bar three. The last two beats of measure three is a descending scale pattern moving down the E minor scale.
Bars four and five are a Bm, and Am arpeggio using legato style hammer-ons and pull-offs. Measures six and seven move through a F# minor seven b5 chord.
Measure eight is a sweep picking pattern through a Bm arpeggio.
The thing that you want to take away from this is the relationship of the arpeggios to the chords that they are being played over. Its a really great idea to take each section of this lick and play it over the backing track. This will give you many options and uses for super imposing these arpeggios over different chords.
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