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E Harmonic Minor Arpeggio Sweeping Pattern

 

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In this lesson I have a progression in E harmonic minor. We are going to start with smaller arpeggios in a minor context, then we will use the larger 3 octave arpeggios at the end of the progression. First, just look at the basic pattern involved.

Essentially, I am simply alternating between two chords: E minor, functioning as a (i) tonic chord, and D-sharp diminished, functioning as a (vii dim) leading tone diminished chord. The diminished chords can also be viewed as (v) chords, dominant chords, if you look at them with the note B in mind as the root. Then they are B7flat9 chords. In order to give the progression some motion, I use inversions of the diminished chord each time I play it. Tonic, Dominant, Tonic, Dominant inversion, Tonic, Dominant inversion.

Finally at the end, after a good deal of tension has been built, I play a larger arpeggio F# major, functioning as the secondary dominant (V of V) chord that moves to the B major chord, functioning as the final dominant (V).

That's a lot of sweeping! Be careful and go slow at first until you can get it up to speed.

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