Level: Begginers with some solo playing ability – intermediate.

  • To enrich your solo playing and improvisation.
  • To add “color” to your playing.
  • For a better understanding of chords-solo relations.

How To Understand This First Arpeggios Lesson?

The red marks indicate the root of the arpeggio.

The root = The name of the chord.

The number inside the red mark means the number of fingers you use to press the string.

The black marks indicate the other tones used in the shape.

The number inside the black marks means the fingers’ number you use to press the string.

X = Do not play this string.

Shape = a diagram of how to put your fingers on the fretboard to get a specific arpeggio/scale, etc.

You’ll need to know the names of the notes on the second string because all the roots are on that string.

You can use this diagram:

The notes on the guitar's second string

How To Finger Major or Minor Triad Arpeggio?

Arpeggios on two high strings - Free guitar lessons for beginners & advanced guitar players

How to practice?

  1. First, memorize the shapes.
  2. Observe the small difference between them.
  3. Play it for 5-10 minutes until you feel comfortable with them.
  4. Let’s get to the next level…
  1. Find the next four arpeggios on the fret board : Am, G, F, E.
  2. Play Them for 5-10 minutes until you feel comfortable with them.
  3. Understand the sequence of notes in exercise 1 below.
  4. Pay close attention to the picking directions.

= Pick down 

∨ = Pick up 

Ex. 1

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