On the guitar arpeggios are often seen as these really complicated theoretical things, and I’ve discovered there’s actually quite a bit of confusion as to what guitar arpeggios actually are.
In its simplest form, an arpeggio is simply notes from the scale or chord, played in sequence or some sort of pattern. Typically the notes are allowed to ring out over each other, but not always.
You’ll find that on the guitar arpeggios are used in many different types of music. From metal with the fast rake picking to country or blues with a slower, more melodic sound, and everywhere in between. If you’re into finger picking, then you’re probably using guitar arpeggios all the time, and possibly didn’t even know it!
Anyways, due to the confusion out there as to what an arpeggio actually is, and how it can be applied to the guitar, I’m posting this video from my friend Colin from RiffNinja.com. (I highly recommend checking out his site by the way!)
The video is short – only 4 minutes, but he covers a bunch of different ways you can use arpeggios on the guitar.
Watch the Guitar Arpeggios Lesson on Youtube.