Blaze through arpeggios

Take your guitar playing to the next level by learning common arpeggio shapes used by jazz and rock guitar virtuosos, as well as the sweep picking technique for playing arpeggios. These guitar lessons will give you a new appreciation not only of arpeggios, but their relation to scales and chords.

Arpeggios Guitar Lessons

Congratulations for deciding to learn about the scary subject of arpeggios! I am kidding. Arpeggios have such a reputation perhaps because of the fancy sounding name. But they are nothing more than the notes of a chord played in succession, as opposed to strummed.

So now that we have de-glamorized the name 'arpeggio' it is time for you to get on with some arpeggio guitar lessons. As is the case with chords, arpeggios can be broken into various categories. My guitar lessons cover what I think are the most useful arpeggios, and similar to my philosophy on scales - you don't need to learn hundreds of arpeggios.

Through my arpeggio guitar lessons, you will learn to visualize arpeggios, and you will learn the theory behind arpeggios which will enable you to play any arpeggio that you can dream up, whether sweep picked, tapped, with legato, etc. That is a far more empowering approach than trying to drill hundreds of arpeggios...

Major Triad - Two Strings (plus an explanation of inversions)

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We start our journey into the wild world of arpeggios with this Major Triad Arpeggio exercise, which will help build the needed foundation to move on to the more advanced arpeggio guitar lessons.

In Guitar Lesson: Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

Minor Triad - Two Strings

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In this exercise we continue our triad arpeggio guitar lesson by looking at the Minor Triad and its inversions, and the various ways that you can play it on two strings.

In Guitar Lesson: Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

Augmented Triad - Two Strings

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In this arpeggio exercise, we leave the world of Major Scale triads and look at the only other remaining triad type - the augmented triad.

In Guitar Lesson: Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

Major 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings

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In this exercise we expand what we know about triad arpeggios and look at a major 7th arpeggio and how to play it on two strings for some cool sounds!

In Guitar Lesson: Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Minor 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings

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In this exercise, we take a look at Minor 7th arpeggios and inversions on two strings

In Guitar Lesson: Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Dominant 7th Arpeggio on 2 Strings

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In this exercise, I will show you how to play a Dominant 7th arpeggio and its inversions on 2 strings

In Guitar Lesson: Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Minor 7th (b5) Arpeggio on Two Strings

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In this exercise, we look at the last of the 7th arpeggios that come from the Major Scale - the Min7(b5)

In Guitar Lesson: Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings

Diminished Triad - Two Strings

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In this triad arpeggio exercise, we look at the diminished triad on two strings, which will have us doing some serious reaching for notes!

In Guitar Lesson: Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

Two String Triad Arpeggios Etude

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In this exercise I will show you one way to use the triad arpeggio shapes from this guitar lesson in a musical context.

In Guitar Lesson: Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings

7th Arpeggios on 2 Strings - Putting it All Together

In this exercise, we will use what we learned about 7th arpeggios from the previous exercises to come up with a musically interesting arpeggio progression.

In Guitar Lesson: Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings