Lesson 6 – Arpeggio Use in Improvisation

For the last lesson in this module I wrote the tune Play It! as a way to practice using arpeggio ideas over chord changes. In this lesson I go through all of the three note triads in a C major scale and some variations. You can use all of those triads while improvising on the A sections of the tune. Experiment and see what sounds good, what sounds not so good, and mix them up a bit to see what you can come up with.

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