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Thread: Why are arpeggios so important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessmanca
    Arpeggios are your "stable" notes, anything else is "unstable."
    This does sound to me like you are talking about chord tones rather than arpeggios specifically (see above posts between me and Gersdal). For example, I could play a Bm7b5 arpeggio over a CMaj7 chord and it would be very unstable, yet its still an arpeggio. Of course this is an extreme example, but there is a whole spectrum of tension between chord tones and arpeggios built on notes a 2nd away. Generally speaking, the following order of increasing tension can be expected for tertian arps:

    1.) Chord tones
    2.) Arpeggios built on notes a 3rd/6th away from the root of the chord.
    3.) Arpeggios built on notes a 5th/4th away.
    4.) Arpeggios built on notes a 2nd/7th away.

    This is because, as you go down the list, fewer and fewer notes of the chord are included.

    All of this of course is purely diatonic and tertian. There are other ways of using arps which can create even more tension.

    Quote Originally Posted by jessmanca
    Focus on learning your arpeggios and the rest is just filling in the blanks.
    This is spot on!
    Last edited by bluesking; 07-23-2009 at 12:41 PM.
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    I did mean chord tone arpeggios, didn't want to confuse the guy, he seems to be seeking some basic theory knowledge. I've done all my college theory work btw so I realize all of that.

    Anyway yeah place the phrase "chord tone" at the start of my post and it works better
    Last edited by jessmanca; 07-23-2009 at 06:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessmanca
    I've done all my college theory work btw so I realize all of that.
    I'm sure, the explanation wasn't so much aimed at you as the OP.
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