Why & How to learn arpeggios

Just posted a new Lesson on my YouTube Channel.

It's in the same vein as a previous video I posted on Scales.

In my personal experience there are many musicians who don't have a great relationship with music theory and I was definitely one of them in my early years of learning music. For me this was because of the way in which it was taught, I was given songs and scales to learn, and some theory lessons, but never were they put together, each was taught in isolation and therefore the value and use of the scales and theory were totally lost, useless to me. It wasn't until I found a teacher who put them all together that I could fully appreciate it all and actually start becoming a musician.

So with that in mind and coming off the foundation of my other videos, this is my introduction to arpeggios where I discuss some reasons why they are helpful (if not vital) to know as a musician and some ways you can start getting them under your fingers on the guitar.

I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but thought I would share for anyone who might find it useful or interesting maybe someone that's passing through or searching, and of course to ask the regulars for your feedback and discussion!


  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,938Member
    edited December 2017
    It's great Rea - your presentation and video production is engaging, impressive and professional, no question about that. I'm impressed anyhow!

    You are indeed preaching to the choir with me, but from my own experience, I think just using words like "music theory", "diatonic", "major scale forms" etc. etc. causes a lot of people to switch off. I guess if you can somehow find a way of tricking people into learning this stuff, without realising they are doing something "academic" then I reckon that's probably good from a popularity point of view. Perhaps a bit less demo-ing the exercises, and more stuff showing how arpeggio-derived phrases can sound cool in actual soloing/musical situations.

    Speaking for myself, I am one of those people that like the thorough, understand everything fully, kind of approach, and I've never been put off by academic language or music theory. But a lot of people are - I know a superb jazz keyboard player who tells me he hates it when I start "going on" about scales and stuff, and yet if you heard him play... It's weird anyhow!

    I can easily see you as strong competition for that Justin chap - he seems to have a certain knack with presenting things in a non-intimidating, light on the theory, kind of way however - I'm sure that's behind a lot of his success. So maybe nick adapt some of his approach for your own videos is kind of what I'm saying, just a thought. Saying all this, you can never please all the people all the time, and it is a great lesson video, and there will be an audience out there for this I'm sure - I do wish you well with the whole video lesson/reviewer career, and you certainly have the friendly professional presenter thing nailed. :)
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,265Member
    A well presented video Rea. :smile:

    You make a good point in that the teaching of theory often falls down when it excludes any demonstration of the practical aspect of it - and in particular how it benefits your musical creativity.
    Creativity being, for me, the most important part of playing music.
    If I encounter a lesson that just tells me exactly what to do from a technique point of view, but doesn't give me a feel for the musical benefits, I just lose concentration and switch off.

    You manage a good trick of being informative while not intimidating the viewer with hard to understand concepts.
  • Bob IsaacBob Isaac Posts: 81Member
    I have forgotten all the professional teaching I had in school back in the 60's on cello and trumpet, and my Dad was a pro trombonist (Kneller Hall trained) so the training continued at home. A few years ago I decided to pick up on the guitar again after about 35 years, and was happy for a while just strumming away with friends. But I just found your lessons on YouTube, brilliant. Just what I need to get back into things. Just wish I could stretch my fingers as much as I used to. Thanks Rea.
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