Rodrigo y Gabriela on Latin-style arpeggios

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Rodrigo y Gabriela make frequent use of Latin arpeggios in their music
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Example 1 - Latin arpeggios: Pay attention to Rodrigo's fretting hand and watch how he moves from one shape to the next. Keeping your third finger on the 8th fret, B-string will act as a pivot for your other fingers.
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Example 2 - rhythm variation: There’s a lot of variety here, so you may want to start with each two bar phrase. Once you have learned these, it’s a question of coming up with your own ideas. Notice how the first of each E, Eb, D and C# all occur at the same time in each bar. This should provide you with a basic rhythm over which you can improvise.

In this video lesson, Rodrigo Sanchez from guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela shows you his take on arpeggios. The examples Rodrigo demonstrates here are based on Latin American dance rhythms such as the samba and tango.

The descending bass notes in the arpeggio line are fairly typical of these styles, and the rhythms are quite syncopated (played off the main beat of the song). Due to the speed of this piece, you need to try to 'feel' the rhythm rather than strictly count it out.

With that in mind, singing the rhythm and/or melody and committing it to memory can be a great help. The down-down-up picking technique used here might not feel natural, but it's the most efficient way of picking it since the pick is generally travelling in the direction of the next note.

As you become more comfortable with this, introduce some of the rhythm variations Rodrigo suggests in Example 2.

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