Guitar arpeggio exercise in D major

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B minor arpeggio guitar exercise

I would like to explain a little about the key of D major. Like all major keys, the key of D major has 3 major, 3 minor and 1 diminished chord. The chords in the key of D major are:

D major, E minor, F# minor, G major, A major, B minor and C# diminished. 

All major keys have a relative minor scale. In the key of D major, B minor is the relative minor scale. I’m not going to get into this that deep, it has been covered in previous lessons. 

What we are going to do, is learn how to play an arpeggio type of progression using the guitar chords of, B minor, G major and A major. 

The illustrating below, includes the notes that make up the key of D major. In this lesson, I would like for you to visualize the chords in the key of D major. You can do this by starting with just a few chords. So, I would like for you to begin with the Bm, A and G chords. I would also like you to visualize the D major and F# Phrygian mode in the illustration below. The D major and F# Phrygian mode have been outlined below. 

The D major scale is played from D to D. The F# Phrygian mode is played from F# to F#.

The chords below, are out of the key of D major. I would like to show you how to play an arpeggio exercise using the guitar chords of B minor, A major and G major. This exercise will help you learn to move around the fret-board and help you learn to finger two different types of bar chords. 

When you play the bar chords, play each note, one note at a time. Try to play each note clean, this might take some practice, but don’t get discouraged if you have a hard time. You need to build strength in your fingers. Try to relax you hand as much as possible as you move from chord to chord. Notice how I use my index finger for the low and high notes. This helps to relax your hand and also helps when you play lead as you move around the fret-board.

Look at the 3 chords below. the first chord is the B minor chord and is played at the 2nd fret. The G chord is barred at the 3rd fret and the A chord is barred at the 5th fret.

The most important thing to learn on this video, is to play the B minor, A and G chords as arpeggios. Once you can play these 3 chords one note at a time, start to mess with the scale that is illustrated. I will add a few more videos to explain using the other chords in the video. Notice how I play 4 notes down, then 4 notes up. This helps to keep the 4/4 time. You can play the notes slow at first. Once you learn this exercise, you will begin to experiment and you will be surprised at how you begin to move around to other chords and scales.

The tablature for each chord has been included below. You will need to start out slow and try to move to each chord smoothly, without hesitation. It will take some time to build up speed and get this perfect, but if you play this exercise-progression over and over, you will really start moving around on the fret-board. 

Notice in the tablature below, the arpeggio starts on the B minor chord, B note.

Good luck,

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