How to solo using jazz arpeggios

Pat Metheny
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Arpeggios are a mainstay of jazz guitar soloing vocabulary. Scale runs certainly have their place and can be incredibly effective, but overuse them, or fail to be creative with them, and they can begin to sound boring and robotic. 

Arpeggios, on the other hand, beautifully spell out the chord changes and ground our melodic lines in the underlying harmony. Jazz standards have rich harmonic progressions, so the ability to seamlessly articulate those changes with arpeggio-based lines is a great skill to own. 

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Tim Pettingale

Tim Pettingale is the author of five bestselling books on jazz guitar, and has collaborated with the likes of Mike Stern, Oz Noy, Ulf Wakenius, Robben Ford, Josh Smith, John Patitucci and Allen Hinds. He is founder of the Fundamental Changes music tuition publisher, which has sold over one-million books to date.