Now that you know the five CAGED arpeggio shapes, try improvising with. Soloing with just arpeggio shapes isn’t ideal. It’s going to sound a little bland. Understand this is just one concept. In a few months, you’ll be using arpeggios, pentatonic, and full scales and weaving back and forth between them all. Starting with arpeggios is just the first of several bricks in the wall.

Each study below uses three different CAGED patterns. In each full recording, I play the solo once and that’s the end. The backing tracks play through four times. I suggest you try this:

  1. Play the root notes followed by the chord, then…
  2. …play the arpeggios, then…
  3. …play the study/solo as written, then…
  4. …improvise your own ideas using the arpeggio shape

All studies use the same non-diatonic chord progression: G | G | Eb | Eb | C | C | G | G ||

Triad Arpeggio Study 1

G | G | Eb | Eb | C | C | G | G
  1. Listen to the full recording
  2. Play along with the recording
  3. Play along with the backing track, which plays four times

Triad Arpeggio Study 2

G | G | Eb | Eb | C | C | G | G
  1. Listen to the full recording
  2. Play along with the recording
  3. Play along with the backing track, which plays four times