Triad Arpeggios

These are Triad Arpeggios using every diatonic chord in the key of G Major. This exercise is fantasic because is covers pretty much the entire fretboard very quickly. You are only playing three notes per chord not the 7th chord.

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In a typical Major key you have three major chords (I,IV,V), three minor chords (ii,iii,vi), and one diminished chord (vii). I like to start the riff on the diminished chord (in this case f#dim) to get more practice on that one.

Triad Arpeggios Exercise

The passage spans three octaves per chord. If you maintain alternate picking, the fifth of each top octave will be an up-stroke, or the opposite of your starting stroke. The first octave of each chord, starts on the low E-string and contains one note on the A-string.

The most difficult part is probably hitting the 1st note of the 2nd octave with your pinky finger. This is because you are having to slide up very quickly several frets up on the A string. Once you get here, your hand stays in this position through the 3rd octave and back down through the 2nd octave.

In the example, I show you the first few chords. What I do is continue the pattern all the way up to the high G position which will have its starting note on the 15th fret. Then I go back down all the way back to the f#dim and of course, one last big G!

You should also practice the augmented chords with this same configuration so you are not leaving that one out. Of course these are the simplest form of basic chords but this is great for locking in the fundamental musical structures.

Great luck with this one. Let me know if you like the excercise or if it helps you!