arpeggio is simply the notes of a chord played separately. You don't strum the notes like
you would a chord. You play them the same way you would play a scale, as separate and
A chord is technically not a chord unless it has at least three notes in it. The 1st, 3rd
and 5th notes of any given scale are what comprise a chord.
These three note chords are
known as triads.
A triad can have altered
3rds and 5ths such as the 3rd being lowered (flatted or b) to create a minor triad or the
5th being raised (sharped or #) to create an augmented triad.
You can also replace the 3rd with the 2nd or 4th degree of the scale to create suspended
2nd (sus2) and suspended 4th (sus4) triads.
So, in executing these arpeggios on guitar, we'll simply play successive triads that span
a total of three octaves in range.
Once you learn the
foundation of sweep picking these arpeggios, you'll recognize the variations that can be
applied to them. We build that foundation starting with one note per string except the
first. We'll play three notes (two unique) on it for continuity.
For example, the sequence
of notes in the first arpeggio presented in this clinic are:
Starting on the 6th string; E G# B E G# B E and back down B G# E B G# E.
Arpeggios have neck patterns just like
everything else on the guitar. You'll need to memorize these patterns in order to be able
to play them at the drop of a hat!