Arpeggios

Jeff

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You have done a great job learning notes and your scales. If you don’t think they are as good as they should be, just go ahead and review. Remember your success depends on consistency with practicing and following the approaches I give to you. The methods that really work do take some time, but spend that time and you will learn your scales well! We will continue to review the scales we have learned in each lesson.

Does the saxophone feel more comfortable to you than it did the first day? Does it look and feel as complex as it once did? Probably not. Here is the reason: you are becoming more familiar with the saxophone! This occurs for a few reasons:

  1. Consistent practice
  2. Learning new notes
  3. Learning Scales

The 3 points above are the reasons why the saxophone feels a little bit better than it did a few weeks ago. Now, we are going to add to this list so the saxophone becomes even more comfortable, and to help you become better! We will now learn our arpeggios.

What is an Arpeggio?

An arpeggio is a very common arrangements of notes that we probably hear every day. We hear them in music, TV commercials, and on computers, tablets, and cell phones. How to build a major arpeggio:

  • We take a major scale and label each note in numerical order
  • We identify the notes 1,3,5, and 8

  • The arpeggio is created by stacking the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th note on top of each other

  • The image above is found in music played by instruments that play multiple notes at once, such as the piano. In our case, we would see the arpeggio written out like this:

Let’s Play

In future lessons we will take the time to figure out the arpeggios in different keys. Today, we will learn to play the F major arpeggio (the arpeggio above).

Remember the steps to learning scales and apply the same steps to the arpeggio below:

  1. Set metronome to 60
  2. If that tempo is too fast, adjust the metronome down a few clicks
  3. Repeat the arpeggio 5-10 times
  4. Play with me a few times (I repeat the arpeggio 5 times)
  5. Repeat the process daily (even if you are capable and the arpeggio seems easy)

Alto:

Note: The audio does not follow the rhythm of the last measure.

Tenor: