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Harmonic progression arpeggios

Steve Eddins
Posted on Saturday, July 29, 2023

For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on arpeggios using an exercise based on Maddy Tarantelli’s article in the May 2023 Horn Call, “Integrating Theory into Fundamentals of Horn Playing.”

Harmonic progression exercise

Harmonic progression arpeggios, based on “Integrating Theory into Fundamentals of Horn Playing,” Maddy Tarantell, Horn Call, May 2023, Figure 4, p. 24

In this slight revision, I have inserted dotted quarter notes into the exercise (measures 2 and 4) to give myself places to breathe. I have also arranged the keys in the circle of fifths (in the direction of adding flats) instead of ascending in chromatic steps as shown in the article.

There are several things I’m trying to pay attention to as I work through all the major keys:

If you would like to try it, you can download my transcription of this exercise for all the major keys.