Guitar Arpeggios in E Major!

Welcome to the start of MeYouMusic’s Arpeggio lessons!

We are going to be building a set of lessons on guitar arpeggios, with each lesson being in either a unique key or scale!

You will not need to know how to play each of these scales across all 12 keys in order to learn these arpeggios or find a use for them.

They will be beneficial for both learning new arpeggio progressions for your lead/melodic lines, provide a better understanding of guitar theory and also guide your playing to become smoother. They will also assist you in learning new scales if you so wish to expand what you already know.

Now as for this lesson, we are going to be using the E Major scale as we are all familiar with the Major scale and it gives us a break from playing in C Major.

Before we begin we do recommend that you should read through our Arpeggio Theory lesson before Beginning this series of lessons, as it will make everything much easier to grasp, as well as assisting you on composing your own arpeggios easily! 🙂

Quickly look at the following table to identify/refresh yourself with the notes within E Major:


Now let’s get playing!

Example 1:

This is a great warm up exercise to get your fingers moving! The shapes are simple, yet very effective and the picking pattern also provides some good movement to assist with co-ordination!

Example 2:

here we will be following a I-V-IV-iii pattern in E Major, all ascending and using their respectable diatonic 7th extensions. This will be the foundation for the rest of our examples in this lesson in which we will alter in various ways to highlight some of our possibilities and how they are achieved.

Example 3:

Okay, now let’s play each of these patterns descending to get our up picking momentum warmed up nicely.

Example 4:

And before we move on, we are going to try ascending the first and third bars, while descending the second and forth.

Example 5:

Now you should be nicely warmed up!

Next, we have expanded our original ascending progression with an additional 4 bars.

In fact, we have made a sequence which uses all diatonic 7th’s within this scale, without any modulating (or sus notes!).

The sequence now is: I-V-IV-iii-Vi-ii-Vii-I

Example 6:

Okay, now we are going to take our last example and descend every other bars progression. The pattern for G# minor 7 has been changed for this example to make it easier to play. It’s good to see how patterns can be played in a variety of ways!

Example 7:

Now you have played through all the easy diatonic 7th extensions of E Major, let us deviate away a little bit and modify our interval choices a little bit. This example has substituted all the minor 7th progressions with minor 6th progressions, while also using some sus intervals on the Major progressions!

Example 8:

Once again, we will be descending on every other bar.

Example 9:

In this example, I have altered all the Major patterns to 6th extensions, added sus variations to the minor patterns and also modified our B Diminished 7th into a B Augmented 7th pattern!

Just to top it off, there are also a couple of inversions in the second half of the progression 😉

Example 10:

Our end challenge of the lesson is this awesome exercise to assist with your hand co-ordination as you pick your way up and down the strings, with several inverted patterns as well!

Bam!! You have done it, pat yourself on the back –

If you feel ready to move ahead onto the next lesson in this course – Click here for Arpeggios in F Harmonic minor!

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