Time to work out those fingers
Welcome to another lesson! In this continuation of series on anchor shapes I look at chord progressions. By moving the arpeggio shape introduced in this series, you’ll learn to outline chord progressions. This is what today’s Arpeggio Progression Workout is all about.
Arpeggio Progression Workout
Diatonic chords are great! You can use them in many different ways. Practicing them in different areas of the guitar can help you improve in many ways.
These exercises can improve your chord playing. If you know the voicings for all the triad shapes, you can create great motion in your rhythm playing.
They’ll also help you improve your arpeggio skills. Sweet sweet arpeggios. When you know them well you can put together arpeggio runs that outline chords in creative ways.
Also, by knowing the chord families you can unlock different areas of the guitar by connecting them with scales. These shapes are fundamental, and once learned can be adjusted and applied to different scales. Doing that, however, is a topic for another day.
Where this fits in the series
Today I’m diving back into the same shape I’ve been using for the last two lessons. Quick recap of the last two:
The first lesson of this series explored the basic shape of a 2nd inversion triad. It was introduced on the first three strings as a primary “anchor shape”. I shared the three types of arpeggios that we’ll be working with in the following lesson. These are Major, Minor & Diminished. Check that lesson out here.
The second lesson expanded the arpeggio pattern to it’s chord family. I took the shape through it’s scale (F major) and shared some ways you can practice them. Check out the second lesson here.
This lesson is going to move past the chord family into some less predictable chord movement. It will have you using the same arpeggio shapes, but in different patterns. It’s going to prepare you to use this idea over real songs and chord changes. And it’ll make your fingers hurt. THE ARPEGGIO PROGRESSION WORKOUT OF DOOM.
Next lesson will take you through some of the scale patterns surrounding these chords. We’ll see where it goes after that, but I may go into how to use the shape with chords. Also, I may go into the next shape on this string set. Or the next shape down on the next string set. Or something completely different.
Ha! Who knows. I’m just making this stuff up as I go along! I’m having fun with it though and I hope you are learning something from it.