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Soul and R&B Arpeggios
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Soul and R&B Arpeggios

This is a compelling and rarely taught – or even acknowledged –guitar style that I absolutely love. When it comes to guitar accompaniment, this particular arpeggio style represents true restraint, taste and emotion. It is a technique that has almost always been part of “soul” guitar playing, as created by players such as Steve Cropper, Bobby Womack and Cornell Dupree, and many other Motown artists.

Most likely rooted in Gospel guitar, these arpeggios are perfect backup for ballads and soulful, slow songs in general, and feature certain subtle, yet very effective, hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides.

I love showing this style and its subtle uses. I’m sure you’ll enjoy making this a part of your rhythm guitar vocabulary, and you’ll always recognize it when you listen to those great soul ballads of artists such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett and many others!—Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth
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Arlen Roth
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Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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