Guitar Lesson - Arpeggios

Guitar 101 : Arpeggios

Friday, June 29, 2007 
By Stephane Brault

One sure way of spicing up a solo is to use arpeggios. Let's look at how to build arpeggios off of basic chord positions by simply using your fourth finger.

Let's start with an A minor chord in the fifth position :

A minor chord

Then, instead of playing the third note (E) on the B string (5th fret), hammer-on to the G string / 9th fret. Skip over the B string entirely, playing the next note (A) on the 5th fret of the high E string. Finally, hammer-on to the 8th fret (C). Once you get the fingerings down, work on playing the entire pattern as one long ascending / descending line, as fast as your fingers will allow. Try shifting the entire pattern chromatically up and down the neck.

Guitar Lesson - Arpeggios Fig.2

Below is an extended A minor arpeggio in the twelfth position. Notice that the highest note requires a considerable fourth finger stretch, so relax and work up to it if you're feeling any stiffness.

Guitar Lesson - Arpeggios Fig.3

Now let's try a two-octave A minor arpeggio in the 5th position. This one is derived from a basic A minor barre chord by the use of fourth finger extensions. Try to memorize the visual pattern and the location of major and minor thirds.

Guitar Lesson - Arpeggios Fig.4

Well that's basically it so practice the exercises slowly until you feel confortable!

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