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Chord theory can send even the manliest of men into fits of cold sweats and shivers.
Fortunately, once you know the basics, you're set, and all clamminess and convulsions will surely cease.

From Yngwie and Jason Becker to Greg Howe and Shawn Lane, successfully utilizing arpeggios and their inversions will make your solos sound more interesting and allow you to break free of scale runs. You'll be able to complement every chord you play over, and choose just the right notes for your solos. 

If you’re trying to make your solos sound more interesting, break free of scale runs, complement chords and choose ideal notes for your solos, arpeggios and their inversions are a great place to start.

As far as modern lead guitar techniques go, sweep picking is the one that inspires the most awe and fear. Listeners, viewers, and live audiences are spellbound by the sheer velocity at which masters of the technique are able to fire off arpeggios and scale fragments. 

Voice leading can be applied to arpeggios, chords, and triads. This article concentrates on applying voice leading to lead guitar playing, so we’ll focus on arpeggios.