Minor Arpeggio - 2 Octaves - Moveable Fingerboard Shape

Minor Arpeggio - 2 Octaves - Moveable Fingerboard Shape

Start at the bottom left (on the big E string).

You can see in faded out notes the pattern of the natural minor scale, so you can see that the arpeggio uses the Root, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale. However, the chord construction formula of the minor chord is R b3 5 (b3 = flattened third). This is because the chord formula compares the notes to the major scale, rather than the natural minor scale, and the 3rd note in the minor arpeggio is 1 fret lower than the 3rd note in the major arpeggio, so it's called a flattened 3rd. All chord formulas are compared to the major scale in this way.

So, here the arpeggio is picking out all the notes of the minor chord. Therefore if you start the shape on A (5th fret of the E string), then all of these notes will fit over the A minor chord. Or if you know barre chords, play the minor barre chord shape on any fret of the E string, and start this arpeggio shape on that same fret, and they will fit over each other. As well as understanding the relationships between arpeggios and chords and building your knowledge of music and the guitar, this can be usefull for soloing, riffs, or melodies.

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