Fellow Pickers & Grinners

Hey fellow pickers and grinners. This little arpeggio studio is based on the open C Maj chord shape. It involves sweep picking and linear slides when changing positions. The changes are the Major 1, 4, 5 then changing keys starting using the circle of 4ths. So, the 4th of C (F) will become the 1. The 4th of F (Bb) will become the one. Then we move to the 5th of C (G) 1,4,5 and then finishing with the 4th of C (F), 5th of C (G) and back to where we started at C. Try using this technique with minors and other sweepable shapes. If you want to throw in a Dom7 arpeggio over the 5th, feel free.

Mike Shouse has been playing for over 15 years. Attended G.I.T. of Hollywood, CA in 1992. Versed in many aspects of guitar. Favorites are Instrumental Rock, Classical, Flamenco and Blues. Favorite guitarist is Satriani, Vaughan, Malmsteen and Zack Wylde. In 2001 Mike released his debut instrumental CD, “Enter the Soul” on his record label SPEKTRUM PRODUCTIONS. A full time art teacher, composer, part-time actor and indie film producer Mike still finds the time to teach lessons to friends and at a local college. You can check Mike's music and movies out at and at Email Mike at