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Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2…

My previous lesson entitled “Arpgeggio Inversions” introduced four different variations of inversion patterns (root position, first, second, and third inversion). We covered major 7, minor 7, dominant 7, minor 7 b5, and diminished 7.  The goal of the lesson was to learn the four inversion patterns for each chord type through all twelve keys. Because the lesson takes time to complete, I recommended working through one chord type per week.

The next step is to apply sequences to the inversion patterns. I introduced this concept with major scales, pentatonics, and thirteenth arpeggios in previous lessons. 

Four note sequence patterns can be applied to the inversions starting on the downbeat.

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

Start the next group of sequences on the “E of 1”.

This example is written in the key of G major. Notice how the sequences start on the third inversion (F#) in this particular key.  

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

The next inversions start on the “Ah of 4”.

This example is written in the key of D major and starts on the first inversion (F#). 

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

The next variation of sequences follows an up four, down four grouping.

This example is in the key of A major and starts on the third inversion (G#).

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

This last variation takes the inversions through down four, up four sequences.

This example is written in the key of E major and the down four, up four patterns will start in the second inversion.

Arpeggio Inversions Part 2

This last example will wrap up this series of lessons on arpeggio inversions.

The examples are written in major keys. All of the examples should be taken through all twelve keys for each chord (major, minor, dominant—etc.) To recap—start by learning the four basic shapes, take them through the sequences (groups of four starting on the downbeat, E of 1, ah of 4, up four down four, and finally down four and up four. I will be including a video lesson to get a visual on things. Until then try to get started on this material and good luck!

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