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One Octave Arpeggio Forms

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One Octave Arpeggios Hi, I'm Grey, and this is Hub Guitar. I'm going to show you some one-octave arpeggios on the guitar. I'm going to use an example on strings 234 because I think that would be a useful place to start. But actually anywhere you can find an octave on the guitar, you can find the notes for your arpeggio. So I'd encourage you to start thinking outside of the box. For example, if I want to play a major7th arpeggio from C. [6th string-4th string]. Here's one example. [5th string-3rd string.] Here's another example. [4th string-1st string.] One more example. With arpeggios you can be thinking about the NOTES of the arpeggio, or about the overall intervals in each chord. So for C major 7, I can be both looking for C E G B, as well as looking for, from the root: root, maj 3, perfect fifth, major 7th. This is where a little music theory goes a long way. Because you can use arpeggios to practice the guitar in a really mindful way, rather than just learning shapes and patterns by rote. Here are the 7 one-octave arpeggios. Remember you can play them anywhere on the guitar, but I chose these three strings. [C maj7], [Dm7], [Em7], [Fmaj7], [G7], [Amin7], [Bmin7b5] Those are the arpeggios! Practice them and see if you can figure out how to play them on other string sets.


These arpeggio forms can be played on strings 6543, 5432, or 4321.

First, run through the forms on the middle-four strings, as this is a useful place to start. Then practice playing the forms on the lower four and upper four strings.

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