Hey Everyone! In the past few blogs I have been discussing various arpeggio exercises in order to gain more knowledge about how the notes on the fretboard are connected and also to master the fretboard. In this blog I would like to continue the arpeggio discourse but really challenge you guys by taking it up a notch. I present to you arpeggio inversions!
First things first however. We need to define what an inversion is for those who don’t already know. An inversion is a chord or arpeggio that does not begin on the root note. So for example in a C major 7th chord (C, E, G,B) if we play the chord or arpeggio starting on the root note, the C, that would be considered root position. But if we start the chord on the E which is the second note of the triad and the third note of the C Major scale, that would be considered first inversion. If we start the chord or arpeggio on the G which is the third note of the triad and the fifth note of the C major scale, that would be considered second inversion. And finally if we start the chord or arpeggio on the B which is the third note of the triad and the seventh note of the C major scale, that would be considered third inversion. The lowest note of the chord or arpeggio will always determine which inversion is defined. Or as my old theory professor Dr. Austin would say, “Richard, the bass is boss”. This is true of all major, minor, dominant and diminished chords and inversions. You will notice that in all of my past blogs on this subject the arpeggios started on the root note of the chord we were arpeggiating. That will change as of now.
The following two exercises are a G major arpeggio (G, B, D, F#) and a G minor arpeggio (G, Bb, D, F) respectively. For both exercises the first measure is root position, the second measure is first inversion, the third measure is second inversion and the fourth measure is third inversion. As always, these forms are moveable so they will work in all keys with the root on the sixth string. So move them around and incorporate them into your lead work. This exercise will really increase your knowledge of how the notes fit together on the fretboard as well. This is a very challenging and demanding exec rise to play and master especially cleanly and quickly with a metronome but I know you guys are up for it!
Now lets get out there and pick up that guitar and play just like yesterday. As always any feedback and comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading.