Guitar Arpeggios

Guitar Arpeggios – What is an ARPEGGIO? Simply put, an arpeggio is when you play the set of tones that make up a chord in succession rather than simultaneously.

If you were to play the notes of a chord individually in succession, instead of simultaneously, it can be said that you have arpeggiated it. But, it is not so simple as this on a guitar. Because some chord tones may fall on different frets of the same string, most guitar chord forms will not usually yield the complete arpeggio when played in arpeggiated fashion.

How to play an arpeggio? Use the relevant scale/chord tones. A major arpeggio consists of the root, 3rd, and 5th notes of the major scale; the same as a major chord. And just as a minor chord is produced by using a flatted third, a minor arpeggio consists of a root, minor 3rd, and a 5th. We can also produce more colorful arpeggios by using 7ths and other scale degrees.

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