Tommaso Zillio
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How To Use Arpeggio Superimposition In Your Guitar Solos

In this article I am going to explain to you a super fun technique to add into your next guitar solo. It's called Arpeggio Superimposition. And don't worry, it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds.

When you play many arpeggios (one after the other) in a single melodic line, that is whats known as an Arpeggio Superimposition. This is a great tool to use when improvising.

If you know which arpeggios to use and when, you will find that the arpeggio will either sometimes be consonant or dissonant, depending on the chord that is being played. And with the right amount of consonance to dissonance, you arpeggios will have quite and interesting sound.

I could go on and explain further, but if you've never heard what I'm talking about before it isn't going to make much sense. So go ahead and take the time to listen to my examples.

I am going to go over a very simple version of this over an Em7 chord (though it can also get as complex as you'd like it to). The arpeggios i'm playing are taken from the E Dorian mode: Em7, F#m7, and Dmaj7.

Remember, this is only one way this technique can be played out. If you want to add some new ideas to make it more your style feel free to choose another arpeggio from E Dorian. Or even change the chords, modes and arpeggios you use from these modes all together. Have fun with it!

@flipnota   last year
Nice job! I love to mix two different arpeggios and then just have fun with adding bass notes.
@pauljones   last year
I know! You get a lot of interesting sounds by mixing two arpeggios and adding different bass notes. I think it's because you're playing with chord extensions rather than chord tones, so it sounds more interesting and ambiguous.
Joseph Lopez
@josephlopez   last year
great stuff