How To Use Arpeggios in Jazz – Study Guide

You can learn how to play Jazz lines and use arpeggios to nail the chords in your solos using the material in this guide.

A Core Part of playing Jazz is using Arpeggios and following the Harmony or Chord Progression of the song that you are improvising over. These videos will help you get started with that.

The Most Important Scale Exercise In Jazz

You probably already practice arpeggios, but chances are you can do it as a better Scale exercise than what you are doing now, and that is what I want to talk about in this video. Jazz Scale Exercises should be about giving you the material you can use in your solos and help you know and play the different arpeggios and melodies found in the scale.

When you improvise in Jazz then the lines or melodies that you play are related to the chords you are playing over and the solo follows the chord progression it is played over. One easy way to do this is to use the arpeggios of each chord.

You can use the arpeggio of the chord you are playing over, but in fact, there are more options than this and the exercise in this lesson will help you tie all of that together in one exercise.

Get the PDF here: The Most Important Scale Exercise In Jazz


How to start soloing over a II V I with arpeggios

In this lesson I will take a II V I give you some arpeggios and an approach to make melodies over the progression so that you clearly follow the chords. I also wrote a few examples of the licks using the arps to give you some ideas.

Arpeggios are one of the best ways to directly connect what you are playing with the chord changes that you are improvising. This will help you easily play inside the changes.

Get the PDF here: How to start soloing over a II V I with arpeggios


7 Great Jazz Licks And Why You Need To Know Basic Arpeggios

You need to know your basics and you need to know them extremely well. I am sure you have heard that before. Once in awhile it very useful to go back to the basics and really improve the jazz licks that you can write with very simple and basic scale and arpeggios choices.

When you do that then you are working on being better at using rhythm, make stronger melodies, and have better phrasing, and you always want to improve that.

In the end, it is more important to improve those skills instead of knowing a lot of scales and arpeggios.

Get The PDF here: 7 Great Jazz Licks And Why You Need To Know Basic Arpeggios


Autumn Leaves – Soloing with Arpeggios – Jazz Guitar lesson

Autumn Leaves is a great way to start improvising following the harmony because it’s a well-known tune and it still covers a lot of important cadences in a key. In this lesson, Iw will go over a set of arpeggios in one position, some exercises, target notes, and strategies for making solos where you can hear the harmony in the improvisation.

Get the PDF here: Autumn Leaves – Soloing with Arpeggios – Jazz Guitar lesson

5 Ways You Need To Know And Practice Your Arpeggios

Arpeggios are a huge part of improvising over changes in jazz guitar and especially in the more bop oriented styles. When we improvise we use arpeggios to connect to the harmony and spell out interesting extensions or alterations.

This video is going to discuss 5 ways to practice arpeggios so that you get as much as possible out of practicing arpeggios and that you also make sure to make music with them.

The video also has a few extra examples for working on creating more intervallic or modern-sounding licks or solos. There are a few ways to achieve this, one of the ones that I like to use is experimenting with turning chords into solo lines and in that way access some larger intervals.


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