Lesson 3 begins our study of minor arpeggios. Links for Lessons 1 and 2 are posted below if you wish to review them before continuing. As you go through the lesson, take notice of the difference between playing scales versus arpeggios. Scales are played as single notes in sequential order compared to arpeggios where you skip every other note. This skipping can create awkward shapes and jumps across the fretboard. The payoff is that once you are comfortable playing arpeggios, your skill level as a whole on guitar improves tremendously. I caution you not to favor one exercise over the other. The finger stretch and pick patterns may be difficult on one or maybe both exercises, but with a little time and patience, you will notice that techniques that were once difficult become second nature in your playing.
The intervals for a Dm7 are as follows:
Root – D
Minor 3rd – F
Perfect 5th – A
Minor 7th – C
Chords and arpeggios are given their name—major or minor—by the type of 3rd interval that is placed between the root and perfect 5th. In this case, a minor 3rd is used resulting in a minor chord/triad.
I suggest beginning Exercise 1 with your second finger on the low D note (5th fret, 5th string). This makes playing the C to high D—the 5th and 7th frets on the 3rd string—more fluid since you will be using the same finger to play the 5th fret on both strings.
If the first exercise proves to be a bit of a challenge, move up the neck a few frets where the pattern will be easier to play. As time goes on, slowly work your way back down when your playing hand can handle the wider stretch. As with the previous lessons, pay particular attention to the pick markings above each exercise. Personally, I find that these pick patterns are the best choices, but you may want to experiment with different ideas and see what you come up with.
If you’ve missed the previous lessons and would like to review them first, just click the links below.