are guitar solos arpeggios?

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  1. 7stringstohangyouwith

    7stringstohangyouwith Active Member

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    I was just watching Yngwie Malmsteen on YouTube regarding his "arpeggios from hell" lesson. Hard to tell if it was arpeggios since it sounded more like solos. I can do both but is guitar solos technically arpeggios?
     
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    Guitar solos sometimes include arpeggios, but there are many that don't.
     
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    Arpeggios are just chords whose notes are played individually and separately. Arpeggios from Hell is based heavily on arpeggios (Eb minor -> Ab minor -> G diminished), but there are melodic passages that don't fall squarely into the arpeggios of each of those chords.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    Yes, and no.

    A chord is like a sandwich, an arpeggio is like a deconstructed sandwich, the 9th is mustard. And so on.
     
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    The 9th is like the pickle you didn't expect to be in the sandwich, but there is only one so you can still tolerate it as long as there is enough good stuff happening with the sandwich.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    That's the flat 9.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    I mean I'm sort of joking, but at the same time the day I realised that I didn't like the sound of melodic minor for the same reason that I don't like the taste of coriander was really instructive (too much like soap).
     
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    A guitar solo is just a part of the song where the guitarist plays (primarily) individual notes. They often are a point to show off technique, songwriting (it’s like a tiny song within the song) and other cool things.

    An arpeggio is a chord voicing played one note at a time instead of strumming the entire chord at once.

    When played fast you get that sweep-picking motion and sound that all budding shredders can tell a mile away. This is why sweep picking is so popular and useful it’s a great way to play fast and still sound musical.

    But the technique =/= a solo automatically. You could have a solo that has a million fast notes but they are all tremolo picked on one string, or is just slow bluesy bending, or incorporates many techniques.
     

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