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Shred Academy - Free Guitar Lesson by Fredrik Pihl




By Fredrik Pihl ©

Hello readers and welcome to my first column here on Shred Academy. My first lesson will cover some different ways of playing arpeggios. A lot of guitar players associate arpeggios with sweeping and only sweeping. And they believe it is the actual sweeping that makes the arpeggio. That however is not true. So first of all I’m going to explain what an arpeggio really is, so there won’t be any misunderstanding.

An arpeggio is a chord that is being played one note at a time, often with a staccato feel to it. You can play an arpeggio anyway you want. Let’s say you take a basic five chord (root and the fifth) and play them one note at a time. There you have an arpeggio.
You can play a C major chord one note at a time, and there you have another arpeggio. So you don’t necessarily have to sweep all notes in order to play an arpeggio. You can alternate pick, hammer on and pull off, use your nose hair etc…..

Now that you know what an arpeggio is, I hope this column will give you some new ideas. Look upon these exercises as some suggestions, and then come up with your own ideas. To make it easy I have done all four exercises in the key of G or Gmaj7. I also made some sound examples of each exercise, fast and slow.
Grab your guitar get ready for Arpeggidiot!!

Ex. No1 is a Gmaj7 chord being played by using legato and tapping. It also involves some string skipping, so you have to be sure to mute the strings that you are not playing. I don’t use my pick at all for this pattern. I hammer on all the notes, and use my right hands middle finger for the tapping.

Exercise 1 Tab

Exercise 1 Slow

Exercise 1 Fast

Start slowly and bring it up to speed, or else you won’t sound like a guitar hero and people will start throwing bottles at you. And remember to mute! Thank you.

Ex No2 is a variation of the first pattern. This lick has a more outside sound to it. This also involves string skipping and 2 finger tapping on the right hand.

Exercise 2 Tab

Exercise 2 Slow

Exercise 2 Fast

Here is how I do it: I play the15th fret on the b-string with my right hands middle finger, then I hammer on with my ring finger on the 17:th fret on the e-string. Then back with my middle finger on the15:th fret on the b-string. If you’re not familiar with this technique it takes a while to get used to it. But just start of slowly and increase your speed when you comfortable.

Ex No3 is a different kind of arpeggio. This time I use 4 notes per string just to show you that you don’t have to play 1 or 2 notes per string. This exercise involves string skipping, tapping and also some pretty wide stretches for your left hand. So be careful and don’t hurt yourself. Make sure that you are warmed up before attempting this pattern.

Exercise 3 Tab

Exercise 3 Slow

Exercise 3 Fast

Play all notes using legato. I use patterns like this in my playing a lot. You can play wide intervals in a fluid way that sounds very tasteful. At least that’s what I think. Try and see if you can some up with some similar exercises like this one.

Alright… In example No 3 I mentioned wide intervals, so let’s have a look at the last exercise that contains even wider intervals.

Exercise 4 Tab

Exercise 4 Slow

Exercise 4 Fast

On this lick I basically use the same technique as in the second exercise. The biggest difference is just that the notes are more spread out. Look at the transcription to find out where I use the tapping in this one.

Well, I hope you found these exercises useful and inspiring. If you have any questions or comments feel free to send me an email, and I’ll get back to you as quick as possible.
Until next time… cheers!

You can email any questions directly to Fredrik Pihl at mail@fredrikpihl.com




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