Guitar Arpeggios

What Are Arpeggios?

An arpeggio is built from the notes that make up a chord, but are picked as individual notes. They may be used as fill-ins, linking melodies with chords and chord/melody. Arpeggios have their own patterns but not unlike their chord counterparts. There are 5 basic patterns for each type type of arpeggio just like there were 5 basic patterns for chords.

How To Play Arpeggios

Major Arpeggios

Major Arpeggios

Open Position Major Arpeggios


Minor Arpeggios

Open Position Minor Arpeggios

Dominant 7th

Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Open Position Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Other Arpeggios

Major 6th Arpeggios

Minor 6th Arpeggios

Major 7th Arpeggios

Minor 7th Arpeggios

Dominant 9th Arpeggios

Augmented Arpeggios

Diminished Arpeggios

Arpeggios In Action

Hotel California

Redemption Song


Chord/Arpeggio Formulas

Chord/Arpeggio Relationships


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