Blues Rhythm Lesson 8: Arpeggiating Chords

Blues Rhythm Lesson 8: Arpeggiating Chords

An arpeggio is a chord play melodically, one note at a time.  A chord can be arpeggiated in a harmonic context but simply playing one note at a time from within the voicing.  This is a common comping tool in slower blues.  Players can make up their own arpeggiating pattern, but for the purposes of this exercise we will begin with the a couple simple examples.  Once it is mastered, students may begin to create their own.

Picking Pattern 1:

Picking Pattern 2:

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