(04 May 02)
Approaching arpeggios is not only a good way to learn basic arpeggio shapes. It is also a great way to create interesting musical ideas.
Example 1 outlines one octave of a Cmaj7 arpeggio.
Ex.1a shows the same Cmaj7 arpeggio with the root approached from a half-step above.
Now apply example 1a to the following Cmaj7 arpeggios:
Ex.2 - Basic Ex.2a - With Approach
Ex.3 - Basic Ex.3a - With Approach
Ex.4 - Basic Ex.4a - With Approach
Ex.5 - Basic Ex.5a - With Approach
Ex.6 - Basic Ex.6a - With Approach
Ex.7 - Basic Ex.7a - With Approach
Be certain to apply these approaches to all diatonic chords in C major, and listen to the different implications.
Diatonic chords: Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5
Also, take one or two arpeggios and move that shape up and down the fretboard, in order to get the feeling of the shape in your fingers.
Stay tuned for more approaches.