Denis Taaffe has been playing guitar since age seven and has developed a unique solo electric guitar style which uses regular guitar and guitar loops done on the fly and all his material is improvised on the spot. Denis performs, records and teaches guitar regularly. He has released 80 independent CD's, nine of which have been considered for Grammy Awards. He also has endorsements with Kradl picks, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Ernieball/Musicman Strings, Parker Guitars & Boomerang Pedalboards. Always in search of unique guitar sounds, Denis is set to release his 81st CD "Modern Rock Guitar Vol.81". You can visit his website at www.dtguitar.com for more info on him and mp3 audio samples.
Welcome to another edition of “Practice Up”. As I continue to develop my guitar style, I have just completed and released my 97th full length album, entitled Modern Rock Guitar Vol. 97 – One Path. You can hear audio samples of each track at my website (dtguitar.com). While recording the album, I found a way to incorporate six note arpeggio fragments in my soloing that made my lead lines more melodic and also made for really long, flowing arpeggio leads. Rather than using an entire arpeggio, I found that by using just a small part of it, I could create more melodic sounding and longer sequences to insert into my solos. Also, I could either pick or sweep these arpeggio fragments with ease. Let’s take a look:
Let’s begin with a standard arpeggio for an A7 arpeggio, as it works well with most styles of music, especially rock and blues. I will find 3 six note fragments made up of A7 arpeggio notes.
OK, let’s find 3 more six note A7 arpeggio fragments.
Again, we can find 3 more six note A7 arpeggio fragments.
Amazingly, we can discover 3 more six note A7 arpeggio fragments.
It can’t be! 3 more six note A7 arpeggio fragments.
OK, enough six note A7 fragments, but you can be sure there are many more. So what can you do with the A7 arpeggio fragments? Well, you can combine them into a long A7 arpeggio as follows.
By combining different A7 arpeggio fragments, you can create complex sounding A7 lead lines.
By taking simple six-note fragments from the A7 arpeggio we can create long-flowing arpeggio lines or complex-sounding lead lines. Combine other six note A7 arpeggio fragments into lead lines. Try them ascending and descending or a combination of both. Also try 3, 4 or 5 note fragments. You will be amazed at the possibilities. Next time we will look at combining the A7 arpeggio fragments in this month’s lesson with some scales, which is where the real fun begins! We’ll see you next time.