Learn A Killer Arpeggio/Triad Lick In E Minor

Learn to play a fun arpeggio/triad lick in the key of E minor with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instruction and you will be shredding this lick in record time.

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How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing this video lesson and today I’ve got a little arpeggio/triad kind of a riff that’s in E Minor, but it’s really kind of based around B Phyrgian.

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Arpeggio/Triad Lick

All right, so as I said this is E minor and really B Phyrgian  and it’s easily movable. So we’re starting off here, we’ve got an E minor triad here, this little arpeggio if you want to call it. So I’m my first finger is barring the 12th fret on the high E, B and G strings and then my third finger is on the 14th fret of the D string. Now we’re just going to ascend this now. We don’t want it to sound like that and we also don’t want this… we want… So what we’re going to do is we’re gonna sweep this. It’s gonna be one long continuous down stroke. So when I play the D string I let the pick come to rest on the G string. When I play the G string it comes to a rest on the B string, B string comes to a rest on the high E string. I want these notes to be muted so as soon as I hit this when I hit the D string here and then I go to the G string I let the this finger off, I don’t lift it off of the string, I just release the pressure so it mutes that string. And then when I go to the G string I’m barring, but my finger is picking up the G string, but the B and high E strings are kind of muted. So as I Ascend this I just roll my finger. Now I’m picking up the B string and the G string is muted and the high E string is muted and then I roll it again to be able to pick up the high E string and the G and the B strings are muted. Now I’m also using my right hand to palm mute so that way it’s kind of dampened and I just make it a little softer. So that is our minor shape and we’re only going to be using two shapes; we’ve got the minor shape and the major shape. So the next one we’ve got the E minor then we’re going to shift down a whole step and we’re going to do D major. So the only difference is you can keep your first finger where it is, you’re just going to put your middle finger onto the 11th fret of the G string. So now it’s 12, 11, 10, 10… same technique. Now we’re going to move that down a whole step for major again. All right so we’ve got the E minor, then we’ve got the D major and now we’re going to move it down a whole step again as we have our C major. Now we’re going to move it down a half step and it’s going to be B minor; so it’s that same minor shape we did before. So now when we get to the top of this we’re going to go into a note sequence, a little melody. So first finger here on the seventh fret and then what it is actually is we’re going to be playing it would be like the last six notes of Dorian. So in this key Dorian starts on A; so it’s 7, 8, 10, 7, 8, 10. So what we’re going to do is we’re gonna start on the 10, so we go ten, seven, eight and then we’re gonna go to the 10th fret of the B string, back to the seventh fret of the highest string… to the eighth fret of the B string to the tenth fret of the B string to the seventh fret. So you can see the little pattern there… Now we just ascend back up 8, 10 and slide to twelve, to that B to resolve around that B which is phrygian in this case. Now this is movable, you could change the key with this very easily. So this is an E and this is the minor shape so it’s E minor. So wherever you do this, so if we did it here… now this would be B minor… So it’s very easy to move it around and to combine it with other lick ideas that you may already have or other ones from the series.


All right, so there you have it, a really fun, cool sounding, not too terribly difficult arpeggio/triad lick or whatever you want to call it. So if you like this lesson be sure to give me a thumbs up and leave a comment down below if you have any questions about this or other guitar related topics. If you’ve not already done so please subscribe to the channel hit that notification bell so you don’t miss any of the content that we upload throughout the week. Well that is all I have for you today. Thanks for watching and have a great day.

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