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Using Arpeggios to Develop Good Lines

When I was much younger and first starting to realize the difficulties in being able to play over chord progressions, I discovered arpeggios can give a good sense of the linear sound of a harmonic progression.

Use the following examples to try this concept and then expand it with your own ideas.

Transpose to all keys (major & minor).

Note: It is important to voice-lead from chord to chord; don't always go to the root first.

quarter notes


eigth notes


passing tones - chromatic approach


All The Things You Are

© 1996 by Open Position / Volume 10 ,No.1. Used by permission with special thanks to Charlie Chapman, Associate Professor of Guitar, Berklee College of Music

About the Author
Guitarist/Composer, John Baboian, has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1980. Although best known for his work in the jazz & swing idioms, John has performed in the classical, blues, rock, R&B, latin and ethnic music genres. His performances include concerts, clubs, recordings, radio and television throughout the US and Canada, as well as performances in Japan, Central America and Europe. More info at "The Be-Bop Guitars" website.

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