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String Theory: Using Upper-Structure Voice Leading to Create a Climactic, Jazzy Finale to Last Month's Arpeggio Etude

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This month I’d like to offer a final, climactic eight-bar variation on the “Raking Leaves” arpeggio etude I presented last month.

The techniques used are the same—sweep picking and fret-hand muting—and you’ll be happy to discover that the fretboard shapes are a little more compact and finger friendly than last month’s, due to the higher positions employed. In terms of theory and harmony, the arpeggios used herein feature some sophisticatedly cool, jazz-style voice-leading.



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Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.