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Vol. 22, No. 3: October-November 2017
 Single String Arpeggios
 by Mike Campese

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 Mike Campese is an all-around music performer, session artist and teacher competent in many musical styles, electric and acoustic. He has studied at G.I.T. (Honors Graduate), and with Paul Gilbert, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Scott Henderson and Keith Wyatt. His latest CD is entitled "Chapters", brand new for 2016. Send comments or questions to Mike Campese. © Mike Campese

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Happy New Year! In this lesson I would like to show you some single string arpeggios (arpeggios played on one string), and we will be focusing on triad arpeggios for this lesson. Triad arpeggios are built with just three notes and you should know these in all keys. For this lesson we will be focusing on major, minor and diminished arpeggios. You should know the formulas for these triads inside and out. If you are not sure of the formulas, the formula for a major arpeggio is (1, 3, 5), the minor formula is (1, b3, 5) and the diminished arpeggio is (1, b3, b5).

For the first handful of examples in this lesson, I will be giving you a few basic arpeggios on one string at a time and it is up to you to use your imagination and play them everywhere on the neck.

#### Application

Example 1 is an E major arpeggio (E, G#, B) on the low E string. The E is open, the G# is on the 4th fret, the B is at the 7th fret and it repeats at the 12th fret up an octave.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 1

Example 2 uses the notes of the E triad on the A string - be sure to continue these same notes on all strings.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 2

Now, with Example 3 we have a D major arpeggio (D, F#, A) on only the D string. Again, learn these notes on all strings as high or low on the fretboard as you can.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 3

Example 4 is a G diminished arpeggio (G, Bb, Db) on the G string. The G is open, the Bb is at the 3rd fret and the Db is at the 6th fret etc.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 4

In Example 5 we have a minor triad - a B minor arpeggio (B, D, F#) on the B string.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 5

#### Musical Examples

Example 6 is an example on how you could construct ideas with these single string arpeggios. This is a E major arpeggio pattern played on the high E string, using open strings. This pattern repeats up the neck and you can change it up in many different variations.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 6

Example 7 is another way you can use arpeggios on a single string, with incorporating slides. This is a B minor arpeggio that is mainly played on the B string and then it goes to a G diminished arpeggio on the G string. You could stay entirely on one string for all the arpeggios if you want, but it is cool to mix it up as well.

MP3 - Single String Arpeggios, Example 7

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That is it for this lesson! Be sure to make up your own single string arpeggios and don't forget to visit mikecampese.com for the latest info and to purchase my latest CD, "Chameleon".

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