Monday, November 2, 2015

Chromatic Arpeggios (Part 2)

The previous post examined a simple triad arpeggio. Here are a set of arpeggiated Zone Patterns (box patterns). The basic Zone structure is there, but because of the leading halfsteps the shapes of the Zones indicated by the green cones. the shape of the Zones may be unclear at first.

If we look at the overall pattern, certain crucial features appear;

Green cones indicate the chromatic shifts in each arpeggio.
Red ellipses connect two positions on a string — always a wholestep
Yellow bands show the transitions between strings — always major or minor thirds.
The visual language of these diagrams is part of the Fretography® Method, which is detailed in this blog. The key to really understanding this approach is to see the guitar fretboard as an integrated musical matrix, rather than a blank grid on which dots are placed without reinforcing the connections between them. 

The shapes and colors are chosen to highlight various diatonic aspects of the patterns. This way you can learn the shapes along with their musical significance. Modes, scales, double-stops, chords, arpeggios – all connected. 

More to come.

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