Change Up Your Guitar Solos By Using Arpeggio Superimposition

Author: Tommaso Zillio

If you are starting to feel like a bit of a broken record with your guitar soloing, then it is time for you to learn a new soloing technique. Here I am going to explain how to use Arpeggio Superimposition.

When you play many arpeggios (one after the other) in a single melodic line, that is whats known as an Arpeggio Superimposition. This is a great tool to use when improvising.

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If you know which arpeggios to use and when, you will find that the arpeggio will either sometimes be consonant or dissonant, depending on the chord that is being played. And with the right amount of consonance to dissonance, you arpeggios will have quite and interesting sound.

I could go on and explain further, but if you’ve never heard what I’m talking about before it isn’t going to make much sense. So go ahead and take the time to listen to my examples.

I am going to go over a very simple version of this over an Em7 chord (though it can also get as complex as you’d like it to). The arpeggios i’m playing are taken from the E Dorian mode: Em7, F#m7, and Dmaj7.

Remember that this is only one example. Feel free to build on it by choosing other arpeggios from the E dorian mode or even changing the chords/modes and the arpeggios you use from those modes.


Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar and visit his YouTube channel for more videos

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