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