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JAZZ FIDDLE WIZARD (College):
Arpeggio shapes is a way of looking at arpeggios that makes it easier to incorporate upper extensions in improvised lines.
arpeggios is a completely different concept than using the bebop scale. The bebop scale
was built on the assumption that the upper extensions of the chord, 9, 11 and 13, were non
chord tones. In this lesson we will learn how to use the extensions when improvising using
EXERCISES (CD track 9):
1.) Arpeggiate any of the shapes in examples 1 to 3. The sample uses example 3c. Play all the exercises to track 9 on the CD.
2.) Arpeggiate the shapes using more than one octave. Change direction when you please. The sample uses example 2 ascending on the Am7, then descending on the D7. Try this with another shape.
3.) Arpeggiate a shape but change directions and add skips. The sample uses the shapes from example 3d.
4.) Use shapes from different examples and add bebop scales and rhythms. The most effective way of using arpeggios is in combination with other approaches like rhythms or bebop scales. We will explore this further in lesson 14 and when we use arpeggios while improvising on tunes.
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