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...

List Exercises

Seventh Arpeggios - Cool Sounding Patterns on Two Strings


In this arpeggios guitar lesson, we will go beyond basic triad arpeggios and enter the sonically cool world of seventh arpeggios.

Exercise Difficulty
Major 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings Guest Visitor Access Medium
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!
Minor 7th Arpeggio on Two Strings Guest Visitor Access Medium
In this exercise, we take a look at Minor 7th arpeggios and inversions on two strings
Dominant 7th Arpeggio on 2 Strings Medium
In this exercise, I will show you how to play a Dominant 7th arpeggio and its inversions on 2 strings
Minor 7th (b5) Arpeggio on Two Strings Medium
In this exercise, we look at the last of the 7th arpeggios that come from the Major Scale - the Min7(b5)
7th Arpeggios on 2 Strings - Putting it All Together Hard
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.

Unlocking Triads Throughout the Fretboard, Across 5 Strings


In this guitar lesson, I am going to show you how to look at triad arpeggios in a way that will give you a deep understanding of their layout on the fretboard.

Exercise Difficulty
Major Triad Arpeggio Across 5 Strings Guest Visitor Access Hard
In this exercise, we start looking at triads across 5 strings by first taking a look at a Major Triad.
Minor Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
We continue studying triad arpeggios in this exercise, by looking at a Minor Triad across 5 strings.
Diminished Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
In this exercise you will learn all about Diminished Triads and hopefully will find ways to use them in your own playing.
Augmented Triad Arpeggios Across 5 Strings Hard
In this exercise we take a look at the last of the basic triad types - the Augmented Triad - which has a very unique sound that should find its way into your playing soon!

Triad Arpeggios - 2 Strings


In this guitar lesson, I will show you the most basic imaginable triad arpeggio shapes which will be a great starting point before getting into some pretty crazy arpeggio territory!

Exercise Difficulty
Major Triad - Two Strings (plus an explanation of inversions) Guest Visitor Access Medium
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.
Minor Triad - Two Strings Medium
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.
Diminished Triad - Two Strings Hard
In this triad arpeggio exercise, we look at the diminished triad on two strings, which will have us doing some serious reaching for notes!
Augmented Triad - Two Strings Medium
In this arpeggio exercise, we leave the world of Major Scale triads and look at the only other remaining triad type - the augmented triad.
Two String Triad Arpeggios Etude Hard
In this exercise I will show you one way to use the triad arpeggio shapes from this guitar lesson in a musical context.