3-Octave Major Triad Arpeggios

3-Octave Major Triad Arpeggios.

Knowing the 3-octave arpeggio fingerings improves your soloing power.

Some of the benefits you get from knowing these fingerings:

  1. Improved fretboard knowledge.
  2. Immediately finding the notes for any given chord over a 3-octave range.
  3. More melodic soloing
  4. Great picking technique exercises.
  5. Getting unstuck out of familiar positions, with a more horizontal appraoch to soloing.
  6. A new way of seeing chords organized across a guitar neck.

One of the cool features of these 3-octave arpeggio fingerings, is that they consist of three 3-note fingering patterns repeating over three, 2 string groupings.
In other words: it’s a 3-note shape that repeats 3 times in a row. This makes these arpeggios fairly easy to memorize.
All of this will make more sense in the below video and graphic.

As always, there are 3 fingerings: from the root, from the 3rd (1st inversion) and from the 5th (2nd inversion).

Following graphic shows how to play those arpeggios.


A great exercise: play the 3 fingerings for each chord, starting with the lowest fingering.
Then do the same for the chord up a 4th, working through all 12 keys up circle of 4ths.
Following video explains this exercise.

Next week we’ll cover the 3-octave minor triad arpeggios.
The minor arpeggio fingerings are the same as the ones covered above, with 1 note down a fret: the major 3rd is lowered to a minor 3rd to make it a minor chord.
In other words, instead of the notes C E G, your notes for the Cm arpeggio are C Eb G

You will hear your guitar solos improve in no time, from practicing these arpeggio fingerings.
Have fun! 🙂


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