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Typically, a plain sounding chord has a perfect fifth.  All the plain open guitar chords (C, A, G, E, D) all have a perfect fifth, and when you change that fifth up or down a half step, you get a significantly different sound.  When you play the notes of that chord individually, up and down, you get awesome arpeggios.  

We will look at a G Major b5 arpeggio here, using the E form for you CAGED folks.  The box diagram:
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And here's the tab:
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This is just one of many different ways to play this arpeggio.  To systematically explore some variations, you can:
1) play different forms using the same notes.  Try the C form, the G form, etc.
2) add or switch notes to create slightly different arpeggios.  Add a major 7th, or a dominant 7th.  Try a minor 3rd instead of a major third. 

Playing with the 5th degree is a fun way to explore how intervals sound different from each other, especially on the guitar where the b5 is crucial for a number of different rock, blues and metal sounds.  

Stay tuned, and I’ll run through this again with an augmented 5th, and show you some other forms to play it with.
 


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