Three Octave String Skipping Arpeggios
In this lesson we will take a look at some string skipping arpeggios that are used by players like Eric Johnson, Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Shawn Lane, and Guthrie Govan. The idea is to achieve three octaves of major and minor arpeggios in movable patterns so you can learn, and use in your own solos.
We are using wide stretches hybrid picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and string skipping to make this legato arpeggio sequence happen.
Begin on the twelfth fret on the sixth string with your second finger. Hammer-on from the tenth, to the fourteenth fret on the fifth string. Then, shift up to the fourteenth fret on the fourth string. Use a hammer-on from the twelfth to the sixteenth fret on the third string. When skipping to the twelfth fret on the first string use the second finger on your picking hand to make that jump, rather than using the pick. Its more efficient and adds a snapping effect to that note in the sequence. For the third octave you are playing the seventeenth, fifteenth, and nineteenth frets with your second, first and fourth fingers. This is the basic shape of the sequence that we will move to the other chords.
When you play the next chord (which is a C) you are modifing the pattern to make the arpeggio major instead of minor. The nice thing is the stretch isn’t quite as big, which is helpful! The third arpeggio in the exercise is a G major chord way up high on the neck. This one has you playing all the way up to the 22nd fret. The third chord is a D major that starts on the tenth fret, but is still the same pattern.
The second time through, the G arpeggio is played starting on the third fret rather than up high, and the last arpeggio is a B minor starting on the seventh fret. The challenge with this exercise is going to be the wide stretches and the constant jumping around the whole fretboard. Its going to be a useful addition to your bag of tricks for your soloing for sure.
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