Emil Werstler Video Lesson: Breaking Down an I7 Arpeggio
Daath guitarists Eyal Levi and Emil Werstler have just unleashed their new all-instrumental collaboration, Levi/Werstler Avalanche of Worms on Magna Carta Records. For this release, the duo has teamed with legendary drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic, ex-Death).
To celebrate this release, Werstler has created an exclusive video lesson (with tab) in which he demonstrates key aspects to his fleet-fingered style. We'll be rolling out a new lesson each week, so stay tuned.
For Lesson 1, Werstler shows you how to get more out of a dominant chord/arpeggio relationship:
"When I decided to focus on soloing through chord changes, I was under the impression that arpeggiating through the chords within a five-fret radius was the only way to go," says Werstler. "Once the dust settled and I completely altered my approach, I noticed improvement in some ways, but felt confinement in others. Then one day while pondering my next move, It dawned on me that the I7 to the IV7 moves horizontally just as it does vertically."
In Lesson 2, Werstler focuses on the same arpeggios and chords in the above example, but up a 4th horizontally.
"Once the idea presented itself I became less concerned about how to play changes, and more concerned about finding regions of comfort and reliability to help visualize my harmonic surroundings," he says. "The ability to play any interval the chord demands is now more manageable without having to adjusting technique. It was then that I decided to take a more horizontal approach to tonal and intervalic access."
For Lesson 3, Werstler shows you break down and I7 arpeggio:
"Here we're taking the I7 arpeggio and breaking it down into a smaller, more digestible fragment," says Werstler. "You now have a simple two-note-per-string idea that can be repeated in octaves, which is great for 'intervalic road mapping' and traveling from one region of the neck to another. This concept also makes it easier to adapt to soloing situations while improvising and writing."
Look for Example 4 next week!
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