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Spicing up the Blues - Soloing with Arpeggios

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Spicing up the Blues - Sliding 9th Chords
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Now I'll show you a simple way to play arpeggios for each chord change over a 12 bar blues. Using arpeggios when soloing over a blues is a great concept as it allows you to 'spell' the chord changes but also creates more colour than using just the minor pentatonic scale, as so many blues players do.

This lesson is just the beginning. A concept like this can be as simple or complex as you like!

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