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Approach Notes, Week One 

This lesson is part of the course Weekly Guitar Workout with Scott Nygaard.
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This series of exercises will help guitarists learn the fingerboard and expand their knowledge of chord and scale theory, with handy tips on picking and fretting techniques that will improve their sound. Includes 100 workouts.
 
 
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FOUR-NOTE ARPEGGIOS 
 
This series of workouts consists of four-note arpeggios based on the harmonized major scale. You'll move through a series of arpeggios starting on each note of the major scale, in this case all in the key of G. So, for example, the first arpeggio starts on G, moves up a third to B, up another third to D, and up another third to F#, creating a Gmaj7 arpeggio in the process. The second arpeggio starts on A, moves up a third to C, up another third to E, and up another third to G, for an Am7 arpeggio. Notice that all the notes are in the key of G, so you'll get the four-note arpeggios that correspond to the harmonized major scale: Gmaj7, Am7, Bm7, Cmaj7, D7, Em7, and F#m7b5. Once you get to the top string, you'll move downward in thirds once again, but this time the arpeggios start on the seventh of the chord formed by the arpeggio. So, for example, the arpeggio starting on G moves down a third to E, down another third to C, and down another third to A, giving you an Am7 arpeggio that begins on the seventh (G) and moves downward to the root (A).
 
 
 
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CHROMATIC APPROACH NOTES   
 
CHROMATIC APPROACH NOTES   
 
Approach Notes, Week One 
Approach Notes, Week One 
 
Approach notes are used to frame or lead into target notes, which are usually the notes of a melody or arpeggio. Using approach notes a half step below the notes of an arpeggio is a common technique in jazz and swing music, and is a good way to outline arpeggios in a way that doesn’t sound stiff or academic. Chromatic approach notes are the notes a half step below the target notes and can either be in the underlying scale or not. Example 1 is a common approach-note motif that starts with the target note on the and of the beat, and then surrounds the target note with the chromatic approach note below and a note one scale step above the target note. This motif is repeated with target notes of a C major arpeggio and an Am arpeggio. Example 2 uses a C major scale at the seventh through tenth frets as target notes. The pattern uses a chromatic approach note below and a note a third above the target.

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