Arpeggios

What is an Arpeggio on Guitar?

An arpeggio is created by playing the notes of a chord one by one. This technique is widely used by many guitarists in all styles of music to build clear and effective lines. You will find in the following pages many free lessons providing useful information about the main types of arpeggios used in jazz music.

What Are the Main Types of Arpeggios?

The main types of arpeggios are built with four notes : 

  • Root (1).
  • Third, wich can be minor (b3) or major (3).
  • Perfect fifth (5), diminished (b5) or augmented (#5).
  • Major seventh (7), minor seventh (b7) or diminished seventh (bb7).

Thus giving different types of arpeggios such as :

  • Major 7 (1, 3, 5, 7)
  • Minor 7 (1, b3, 5, b7)
  • Dominant 7 (1, 3, 5, b7)
  • half-dminished (1, b3, b5, b7)
  • diminished (1, b3, b5, bb7)
  • Augmented 7 (1, 3, #5, b7)
  • Major 7#5 (1, 3, #5, 7)
  • Minor / Major 7 (1, b3, 5, 7)

These arpeggios can be extended with supplementary notes above the octave as ninth, eleventh and thirteenth. 

Arpeggios can be classified into several families :

  • Triad Arpeggios (made of three notes) as maj, min, aug, sus4, sus2, and diminished.
  • Tetrads or four-note arpeggios (made of four notes) as maj7, min7, dom7, m7b5, dim7, maj6, min6, minMaj7, maj7#5, aug7, 7sus4, 7sus2.
  • Five-note arpeggios as min9, dom9, maj9.
  • Six-notes arpeggios as min1, dom11, maj11.
  • Seven-notes arpeggios as min13, maj13, dom13

Click on the links below to access lessons and get more details on how to practice arpeggios on guitar.