Arpeggio Picking

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Dictionary meaning: Arpeggio

Pronunciation: är-'pe-jE-"O, -'pe-jO
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian, from arpeggiare to play on the harp, from arpa harp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German harpha harp

1 : production of the tones of a chord in succession and not simultaneously
2 : a chord played in arpeggio

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Arpeggio is a style of rhythm where you pick one note at a time one after another in a chord. You can either use a pick or fingerpicking.

To learn arpeggios we won't use chords just yet but instead we will have three different groups of arpeggio picking styles, then we'll place those styles over the appropriate chords.

6 String Arpeggios

cp1_6str

e|-------------------------|
B|-------------X--------X--|
G|-------X--------X--------|
D|----X-----X--------X-----|
A|-------------------------|
E|-X-----------------------|

Chords to be used on:

  • E & all variations (Major, Minor, 7th, etc.)
  • F & all variations (Major, Minor, 7th, etc.)
  • G & all variations (Major, Minor, 7th, etc.)

E Major

major_e

|-------------------------|
|-------------0---------0-|
|-------1--------1--------|
|----2-----2--------2-----|
|-------------------------|
|-0-----------------------|

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