Fluid Soloing – Arpeggios For Lead Rock Guitar – Review

fluid soloing arpeggios

Author: Tim Quinn
Level: Advanced

When I wrote about this book previously, I ended off with “I’ll let you know when I buy it”. Well, I bought it … So now I guess I’d better let you know 🙂

This one is going to be simple. The book is good but not quite what I was expecting from the title. In short, this is a pure workbook. There’s not a great deal going on in terms of actual reading material. Although there are some tips scattered and a few pages of advice, the heart of this book is hands on. Lots of arpeggio patterns to practice in many variations and positions, including major and minor triads, major sevenths, dominant sevenths, minor sevenths, minor sixth and diminished arpeggios. There are a few short etudes included which are always great for practicing and warm ups and also give you some ideas of tying chords together. All examples are provided by TAB and notation.

This book is not for the beginner and I would say it’s borderline for intermediates. This really is aimed at advanced guitarists. Although the arpeggio patterns and examples are the kind you expect to see in the shred scene, they aren’t genre specific and will be useful for any style of guitar. Although many of the patterns could be played in swept fashion, the author recommends alternate picking for each of the exercises. The content is not just page filler, all the arpeggio shapes and patterns are worth knowing and well worth putting in the effort to practice. Just make sure you are ready for it. Some of these patterns require some difficult finger stretches.

All in all it’s a great workbook and a worthwhile addition to include among your learning resources. The only snag for me is the CD. Although all the examples are there for you to listen to, there are no practice tracks which is a bit of a let down and the examples can’t be panned out in the stereo field. Admittedly, my gripes are borne out of laziness. For anyone who takes guitar seriously, knocking up a quick backing track to aid your practice just isn’t a problem. Then again, you might be one of those aliens that only ever practice with a metronome so it wouldn’t be a problem! 🙂


3 thoughts on “Fluid Soloing – Arpeggios For Lead Rock Guitar – Review

  1. Anthony

    Just ordered this one myself! I’ve always needed work with arpeggios and only really knew them in a few positions. I used to get so burnt out on learning each scale up and down the neck, I said to hell with the arpeggio patterns. As I looked more and more at guitar parts I loved, I noticed a lot of them tended to outline the arp. of the under lying chord…so now I’m really trying to drill them down.

    From this review, it’s sounds like there’s no magic or secret formulas in this book, just a lot of hard work!

  2. Admin Post author

    Yep, theres definitely some hard work but it will be worth it, as long as you remember to apply it to actual music. I only got more serious with arpeggios a few years ago (still a long way to go) and my playing has improved significantly because of it. The thing with books like this you can spend a long time (years) with them and still only have half of it covered.

    What I personally find the best method with this type of book is to learn say five, ten or whatever of the patterns until you are very comfortable with them. Then make up some backing tracks to play along with, using those chords but dig deep into the arpeggios patterns. Rip them apart and try to make some music with them.

    Take a LOT of notice of the intervals and where they lye within each pattern, get used to finding target tones over the chord changes. This is where things start sounding great. You can begin to mix your normal scale playing and lick repitoire with the arpeggios, experiment with landing on the thirds and sevenths etc with the chord changes. The more you do it the more you gain the ability to fuse all your ideas together effortlessly into some great sounding solos. Takes time but well worth it.



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