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The Ligament System

Arpeggios: The Ligament System

Arpeggios are the foundation of everything we do as cellists.  Unfortunately unlike our electric bass playing colleagues, we tend to start with scales first and (even worse) in our classical system we learn fingerings that in many cases are unrelated to the ones we use for our scales.  This system creates a huge disconnect for cellists when it comes to outlining harmony in our improvisations and is one of the main reasons that there are so few cellists on earth who have developed a true harmonic concept on their instrument.

This revolutionary system provides the missing links and reframes how arpeggios can and should be approached and will give you a comfort and flexibility with arpeggios that you never thought possible.

Warning:  In order to get the most out of this course you should already be familiar with the following concepts:

*Key signatures

*All Intervals (whole and half steps, minor and maj 3rds etc) and how to spell them

*Arpeggios (major, minor and dominant) and how to spell them

*7th chords (major, minor and dominant) and how to spell them

If not, please check out the IGC Players Path for less experienced improvisors.


Part 1:  Why Are We Talking About Arpeggios?

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Part 2:  The Most Important Shape You’ll Ever Learn

Part 3:  Connecting The Frames

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Part 4a: Three Levels of Arpeggio Practice (levels one and two)

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Part 4b Three Levels of Arpeggio Practice (Level 3 )

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The Following Lesson Applies To Those Interested In Jazz only.  Most cellists should skip this lesson and proceed to the pentatonic course.

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Part 5:  Arpeggios in Open Position-  Building on the Shred Position shapes we have already learned, Open position allows you to fully voice all arpeggios (IE reach all the notes) without shifting.  

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