In this lesson we show you how to play more complex arpeggios in a single position.
It’s important to remember that these chords are all part of a family or “tonal center”. In this case, G major is our tonal center so all of the arpeggios in this lesson are only comprised of notes in a G major scale.
This means that a lot of these arpeggios share the same notes as other arpeggios so if you do a little bit of extracurricular homework, you’ll find which ones have the most shared or “common” tones.
For example, if you take your G major 7th arpeggio, what other arpeggios share the most common tones? Well I’ll help you out on this one, the E minor 7th arpeggio contains the same notes as a G major 6 chord and the B minor 7th arpeggio contains the same notes as a G major 9 chord minus the root(which is completely ok because all of the color tones are there!).
Now here’s the best part, when you play to the G major 7th backing track provided in the “content” menu, you have the option of playing Three Different Arpeggios over that single chord- G major 7, B minor 7, and E minor 7! They all “color” the G major 7 chord differently so you need to experiment a lot to memorize the differences so you can choose these “substitution” chords and arpeggios tastefully and intentionally. The Concept of Substitution is What Jazz is All About!
It’s ok if you don’t quite understand this “bonus material”, ask questions if you care to or just focus on the actual lesson at hand if this is too overwhelming. My goal here is to start conversations about the material, not to confuse anyone. Believe me, I am still in a constant state of confusion when I’m working on new material and can take a month or more on a single concept to really digest and apply it to my playing or songwriting. It’s A Process!
Help each other out and ask questions! Upload videos of yourselves in the "Discussion Thread" either demonstrating how to play the material, or demonstrating what is problematic for you so that we can best serve you in resolving the problems you are having! Don’t be shy kids and do your best to Enjoy The Process!