From Major to Minor….Here We Go!
I’ve found out in solo writing that it often sounds good for the mood of the song to change between relative parts of the main scale. This is an example of a lick in either C major or A minor.
What I did was, I started on the C major arpeggio and changed to the relative A minor arpeggio to change the mood to a more minor feel which I thought creates a good effect. Relative basically means either scale/arpeggio consist of exactly the same notes, in this case all natural notes (A B C D E F G). This is also were a bit of theory knowledge comes in handy if you know your key signatures just find the relative scale and you have a whole new door wide open for you to experiment!
So, after you have learnt this, experiment combining other relative scales with each other be it in a run esque form or arpeggio. This lick can be either played slow or fast, you decide the tempo!
(You can use Sweep Picking)
© Richard Niczyperowicz 2005