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Eerie Arpeggios, Part 3: Describing the Haunting 7#9 Sound Melodically

In our previous two lessons (August and September 2017 issues), I demonstrated ways to melodically describe a 7#9 sound, commonly referred to as the Jimi Hendrix “Purple Haze” chord, by playing either a major addb2 or a major 6b2 arpeggio, rooted a minor third above a given tonal center—for example, playing Caddb2 (C Db E G) or C6b2 (C Db A C) over an A bass note.Continuing with that topic, I’d... …

Eerie Arpeggios, Part 2: Demented String Skipping

Building upon the eerie-sounding Aaddb2 arpeggio sequence we explored in the previous lesson, I’d now like to offer a variation on this four-note entity that has a similarly haunting vibe while incorporating a wider interval (pitch gap) between the second and third notes, which creates a more angular and interesting melodic contour. What we’ll do here is raise the pitches of the top two notes a... …

Eerie Arpeggios: Using Movable Addb2 Shapes to Create Haunting Lead Lines

Taking an ominous detour from last month’s regal-sounding add-2 arpeggios and “French horn fifths,” I’d now like to entice you to come to the dark side, musically speaking, and show you how to create eerie, twisted-sounding melodies, using a slight variation on the four-note structure we’ve been working with.What we’re going to do is take our major 1-2-3-5 sequence and lower, or “flat,” the 2,... …

The Blissful-Sounding Major Add-2 Arpeggio

Last month, we explored the somber-sounding minor add-2 arpeggio, also known as minor add-9, which is simply a minor triad arpeggio with a second, or ninth, added on top or sandwiched between the root and the minor, or “flatted,” third, resulting in a four-note entity, spelled 1 2 b3 5.Using the theory-friendly key of A minor to demonstrate, I offered more than a dozen different two-octave... …

MADD Men: The Minor Add-2 Arpeggio

Last month, I offered a guitar adaptation of the theme from The Walking Dead, which is based on a repeating melody built from a minor add-9, or minor add-2, arpeggio.As a follow-up, I’d like to now explore that cool, somber-sounding arpeggio in greater depth and show you a bunch of different places to play it all over the fretboard, using the theory-friendly key of A minor to demonstrate. Minor... …

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