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JoeyCAZA
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:23 am    Post subject: Arpeggios Reply with quote

Alas, I have yet another question.

Arpeggios.

Now, I have been sitting here playing the arpeggios over and over again, and it makes me wonder. How shall I use this?

So a simple question would be..... If I was playing with Papa/Aeolian, and I wanted to have an arpeggio and then go back to the scale (Scale-arpeggio-scale), where would it be going? As you start to play the arpeggio, it leads up the neck, and I was wondering what other modes it is entering?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 2:47 am    Post subject: Same notes over and over Reply with quote

An arpeggio is the same old notes over and over. It's like saying A, B, C again and again higher and higher. That's why it's bound to sound good with the chord. You're playing the notes that are in the chord over and over, higher and higher.

When can you use it? Well, you should always keep a keen sense of where the arpeggio notes are so you can aim for them as the end of your phrase approaches. If you play the scale without aiming for those strong notes as the endings of your phrases, you will just sound like you are wandering and not really saying anything significant. I'm sure you have had both experiences...sometimes you solo and it sounds like MAGIC...and other times you wonder where the magic went. The secret is that, somehow, instinctively or not, when you soloed magnificently your phrases tended to end on those notes (whether you knew what you were doing or not). I know I can look back through my memories and acknowledge that experience. Now that I know the secret, I can actually force the magic to come.

When I play my cello, since I'm not good enough on it to really move around a lot, I just swell in and out of volume using arpeggio notes. I don't sweep through them or anything silly like that (I might if I could and it didn't sound cheesy). I just play one note per 1 - 2 measures. Sometimes I might manage a short phrase, but I make sure the notes hinge on those strong notes.

It's a concept so important I almost want to call it the MOST IMPORTANT of them all. It's really what will make your playing morph from sounding amateur to pro. Instead of leaving that to chance, by learning to be guided by them, you can force that sound.
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