Hey, my name is Matias Rengel with Guitar Control and today we’re going to get into Neo Soul. We’re going to be exploring an actually very easy arpeggio that sounds really Neo Soul-age but I am just playing it really fast honestly. That’s why it sounds cool, but you can totally play it. So why don’t you press, click on the link, or tap on the linked. In description You can get the tap and let’s get down to it.
What we’re going into the first, we’re going to start with the actual arpeggio that I’m playing and then we’re going to go into the chords that I’m playing. So the actual arpeggio that I’m playing goes something like this, right? I’m going to play it slow for you. And then right after that I go into the chord.
Actually if you played slow, it doesn’t sound that great, right? If I do-, it sounds like actually a pentatonic, which it is. It just has one note that doesn’t belong to the pentatonic, right? Because a pentatonic would be like-, and I’m playing, instead of playing the third, I’m playing this one. But I mean, there’s just something about it, right? How it sounds like-,and of course the chords that I’m playing make it like super cool. So why don’t we get into it.
Check this out. I’m going into the 12th fret. This is going to be on D, okay? D minor so everything I’m doing right now isn’t going to be applicable to D minor. So if you want to move it, you’re going to have to transpose it to different places. So if I’m starting on the 12th fret right now and I’m in D minor, if you want to move it to E minor, you’re going to have to transpose it two frets up because E is D, D sharp and E. It’s two frets above D. Do you understand? So everything, whatever you’re doing right now is in D minor. You can transpose to whatever you want, and it’s going to work.
So 12th fret, 10th fret of the first string, 13th fret of the second string, 10th fret of the second string, 12th fret of the third string, 10th fret of the third string, 12th fret of the fourth string, 10th fret of the fourth string, 12th fret of the fifth string, 10th fret of the fifth string, 8th fret of the fifth string, 10th fret of the sixth string. Okay? Super easy.
What I like to do, I like to slide it down from the 12th fret of the fifth to the 10th fret of the fifth. Like that see? Look.
Now another thing that I like to do when I play this, which makes it, this is what kind of like give it the Neo Soul vibe, I would say a little bit, adding a chord at the beginning, kind of like I’m going to put my index finger on the 10th fret of the fourth, third, second, and first string. And then I, check this out, I hammer on to the 12th fret of the first string and that’s how I start. I don’t really play this.
Even though it sounds cool. So if you just start like that. Right? But I do-, that’s cool. Right? And if you can let this ring as you play this, it’s going to sound even more Neo Soul-ish. Right?
But anyways, enough of that riff. Sounds cool and all, but let’s get into the chords. So for the chords, what I’m doing right there. The first chord is an E minor seven flat five. For that you’re going to place your index finger on the 7th fret of the fifth, ring finger on the 8th fret of the fourth, middle finger on the 7th fret of the third and pinky on the 8th fret of the second. E minor seven flat five. Now we’re going to go into A altered, I like to call A altered. You can just call it A seven sharp five also. So for that one, index on the 5th fret of the sixth, middle finger on the 5th fret of the fourth, ring finger on the 6th fret on the third, and pinky on the 6th fret of the second.
There you have it. And now for the next chord, middle finger on the the 5th fret of the fifth string, index finger on the 3rd fret of the fourth string, and ring finger on the 5th fret of the fifth string, and pinky on the 5th fret of the second. So-. Now what you’re going to do, you’re going to take this chord and you’re going to bring it down two frets. Like that, and then you’re going to play, remember to A altered, A seven sharp five that we had on the 5th fret. Right? Your index was on the 5th fret. Now you’re going to take your index to the 1st fret and play the same chord. After that, we’re going to bring your index into the 6th fret of the sixth string and then your ring is going to be on the 7th fret of the fourth string, pinky on the 7th fret of the third string, and middle on the 6th fret of the second string. That’s going to be your B flat major seven.
And then what’d you do after that, you repeat the first three chords. Just like that. So we got- and it all starts of course with the riff that we learned. And there you have it.
A really cool Neo Soul arpeggio and chord progression that you can learn, and it’s not that hard actually. I’m just playing it a little bit fast, but you can play it at any speed you want and it’s going to sound cool.
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