Drop C Arpeggiated Riffing

This lesson finds us in Drop C tuning, which is particularly good for creating a dark, heavy sound. We also get to grips with a picking pattern and get to hear some harmonic tension at work.

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Practice Tips

  • Be sure to let the descending parts of the riff ring out where possible. This introduces some tension into the sound and makes a nice contrast to the ascending parts of the riff.
  • Learning arpeggios all over the fretboard is important for soloing and composing. Once you learn the basic arpeggio shapes, much like chords, you’ll be able to transpose these into different keys, which will open up the fretboard, giving you more options at your disposal.