Arpeggio lesson: Diminished arpeggios for beginners (part 1)





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(The lead guitar was recorded in timing but the metronome click was added afterwhile when editing the video so there is little latency, sounds a bit out.)

Diminished scales are easy on guitar because they use symetrical and regular positions. It goes pretty same for diminished arpeggios.
As long as you have 4 different notes I should say:
the diminished 7th arp. (1 b3 b5 bb7).
The diminished arpeggio only have 3 notes
(1 b3 b5) repeated over the fingerboard.
So to make it easier, let focus on practicing the exercises.
They are easy to visualize. If you like agressive tones and guitarists such as Malmsteen, Friedman, Hammet or Bellas,
this lesson is for you. Intermediates to pretty advanced level guitar players, think to check also the video part II.
The goal of the lesson isn't theorectical but only to give a few hints and ideas.
Diminished (7th) arpeggios over 3 strings (G,B,E 1st) and how to move your shift.
I alternate picking (down-up...) on the E and G strings. I sweep pick the passing string (B). So if the last note was picked upstroke
then the B string is naturaly picked also upstroke and so on. You noticed then that it's the same parttern repeated over and over across
te fingerboard. You don't need to rehearsal till the 23th like I do. If you're novice, simply go and go back with 2 or 3 shifts changes.

Diminished (7th) arpeggio over 3 strings (D,G,B) and how to move your shift.
Basically the same than Ex1. Its good to know differents positions for the same notes.

6 strings sweeping pattern, fig1
You can hammer-on or alternate pick when there are two notes on the same strings. Then follow the motion of the pick and
play upstrokes the following strings when descending the arpeggio and of course picking downstrokes when ascending.
Think to mute with the right hand palm so that unsolicited strings do not ring.

6 strings sweeping pattern, fig2
Same then Ex3 but with a different position that may fit better for some hands... Well, the right hand's middle
finger is solicited here instead of the ring finger like in Fig1.
Sorry I forgot to tape the lick played faster, however it sounds exactly same then the Ex3 fig1.

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