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How to Outline Chord Changes Using Arpeggios Pt. 2

In this masterclass, Lyle Brewer dives into the intricacies of arpeggiating chords on the guitar. He begins by revisiting the concepts of major and minor triads, expanding on them to introduce the three types of seventh chords. Lyle explains the technique of arpeggiation in detail, demonstrating how to play the notes within a chord in their sequential order. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the root, third, fifth, and seventh of each chord, offering clear examples to illustrate these concepts. Lyle's goal is to provide a straightforward method for guitarists to navigate arpeggios across the fretboard, ensuring viewers can find utility in both familiar and new information.

Throughout the session, Lyle showcases various chord voicings and their corresponding arpeggios, focusing on G major seven, G dominant seven, and G minor seven chords. He meticulously breaks down each arpeggio, indicating the fingering and note sequence, allowing viewers to follow along with ease. By playing these arpeggios over backing tracks, Lyle demonstrates their musical application, blending theory with practice. He encourages experimenting with sliding into notes for emphasis and mixing scales with arpeggios to create a more soulful sound. Lyle's relaxed demeanor and clear explanations make complex concepts accessible to guitarists of all levels.

Lyle also touches on the application of these concepts in a band setting, specifically within the context of jam band music. He discusses the importance of chord changes in song composition and improvisation, using "Eyes of the World" by the Grateful Dead as a case study. By arpeggiating the chords within the song, Lyle illustrates how understanding the structure of each chord can inform more expressive and cohesive soloing. He concludes the masterclass by emphasizing the value of continuous practice, listening to great music, and studying the techniques of favorite players to naturally incorporate these elements into one's playing style. The session ends with Lyle expressing gratitude to his audience and encouraging them to keep practicing and exploring music.

Transcript Summary

  • Introduction and Overview (00:33)
    • Lyle discusses the focus of the masterclass: outlining chord changes and building upon arpeggiating chord changes.
    • He aims to teach a straightforward way of playing arpeggios across the guitar neck.
    • The class is designed for both beginners and intermediate players, offering something useful for everyone.
  • Understanding Arpeggios (01:41)
    • Lyle defines arpeggiating chords as playing the notes within a chord in the order they appear in the scale.
    • He emphasizes the importance of knowing the root, third, and fifth of a chord to arpeggiate effectively.
    • Explanation includes a basic introduction to chord chemistry, using a G chord as an example.
  • Seventh Chords and Their Arpeggios (05:58)
    • Lyle introduces three types of seventh chords: major, dominant, and minor seventh chords.
    • He demonstrates how to play these chords in an arpeggiated manner across the guitar neck.
    • Chord voicings are also discussed, showing their connection to arpeggios.
  • Major Scale Importance (10:10)
    • Stresses the necessity of learning major scales for outlining chord changes.
    • Major scales serve as the foundation for understanding and applying music theory concepts on the guitar.
    • Encourages students to practice major scales in various positions across the fretboard.
  • Practical Application and Exercises (33:55)
    • Lyle provides specific exercises to practice arpeggios and chord voicings.
    • He demonstrates how to apply these concepts over backing tracks, emphasizing musicality and creativity.
    • Discussion includes how to blend arpeggios with scales and other musical elements for expressive playing.
  • Q&A and Further Advice (1:00:02)
    • Addresses questions from students, offering additional insights and tips.
    • Emphasizes the importance of listening to a wide range of music and practicing regularly.
    • Encourages students to experiment with the concepts learned and to find their own musical voice.

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