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String Skipping Arpeggios In C Major
This string skipping arpeggio etude employs wide stretches, hammer-ons and pull-offs to achieve a cool and unique sound. Players like Paul Gilbert and Nuno Bettencourt have made this type of playing a common place in rock guitar. The nature of these patterns are great for building speed and improving your technique. There are three basic shapes that you want to master with this exercise, the major, minor, and diminished chord shapes. Start with the major chord shape on the fifteenth fret on the fifth string. Play the fourteenth to the seventeenth frets on the fourth strings, then the thirteenth to the seventeenth frets on the second string. Move back down the arpeggio then play the same shape from the fourth string. The third measure is a E minor chord arpeggio pattern starting on the fifteenth fret. The fourth bar is the diminished pattern starting on the fifteenth fret of the second string.
Measure five covers the Am chord starting on the twelfth fret of the fifth string. Bar six covers D minor from the fourth string. Measure seven is on the twelfth and eighth frets on first string outlining the C major chord. Bar eight is a G chord. As you work your way through this the stretch becomes a big wider in the lower area of the guitar. Use caution as you get there. Don’t hurt your hand! Measure nine is an E minor chord starting on the 7th fret of the fifth string. This part has the widest stretches. Bar ten is the A minor chord starting on the fourth string. The B minor chord with the flattened fifth in measure eleven is played in the seventh position starting on the first string. Notice how there are two versions of each arpeggio in the key in this exercise. This will be really useful for putting these shapes in your own solos.
Bar twelve covers the lower version of the F chord. Measure thirteen moves back to the G chord and bar fourteen repeats the C chord. Measures fifteen and sixteen repeats to D minor and E minor chords.
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