Eerie Arpeggios, Part 4: The Spooky Sus4b2 Sound

(Image credit: Cindy Moorhead)

In our last six lessons (see Guitar World May through September 2017), I presented a handful of unusual, intriguing four-note arpeggios in the key of A—Aadd2, Am(add2), Aaddb2, A6b2 and A7#9—and demonstrated some interesting ways to employ them melodically and repurpose two of them harmonically, using Caddb2 (C Db E G) or C6b2 (C Db A C) to get an A7#9 sound (A C# E G B#).

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Jimmy Brown

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.