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Arpeggio Basics

Postby evirtuoso » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:38 am

Arpeggios are very important for a guitar player to learn and are a main category in eVirtuoso-Intermediate. Here are a few important basics about Arpeggios and the Arpeggios used in eVirtuoso-Intermediate.

What Is An Arpeggio?

An arpeggio is very similar to a chord. They share the same notes but instead of strumming all notes simultaneously with chords, the notes are played individually with arpeggios. For example, with a C major arpeggio, you would pick C, E, and G notes sequentially. Arpeggios, unlike chords, can have two notes on the same string, whereas chords can only have one. The arpeggios used in this program are only displayed in one pattern, but the notes can be played in all patterns across the entire neck.

There are many different ways to use arpeggios such as to add melodic interest or to sound out a chord. Try to use arpeggios instead of strumming chords or inside a guitar solo. Experimentation is key!


This Program has the following Arpeggio Sections...


Beginner Tutorial - This arpeggio tutorial refreshes students how arpeggios are created. It reviews several examples of creating arpeggios and shows their formula and notes. Every arpeggio type has a formula which contains the scale steps needed to get the notes to play. Remember that the notes in an arpeggio are the same in a chord (the C chord and C arpeggio both have the notes C, E, G).

Pressing the "Play" button will show a demo on how to create an arpeggio. Adobe Flash player installed is required to view the demo.

Arpeggio Test - This section tests whether the notes of any given arpeggio can be determined. The arpeggio is randomly chosen from the selected category (major, minor, and dominant/augmented/diminished). Steps to test arpeggios...

•To test your arpeggio knowledge, first select one of the three categories.
•Then click the "Start" button. This will randomly generate an arpeggio from the selected category.
•Select the notes that make up the arpeggio and click the "Check" button. If the notes are correct, click the "Start" button to try another arpeggio. If the notes are incorrect, change the notes and click "Check" button again to verify the answer.
There is an accuracy statistic running that keeps tracks of the percent correct. To display this statistic, simply right click the window and select "Show Accuracy". To hide this statistic, simply right click and select "Hide Accuracy".

Search Arpeggios - This section allows any arpeggio diagram in this program to be searched. It will display the arpeggio's diagram only. Before you click the "Get Arpeggio" button, select both a note and an arpeggio type. First, type the note in the first textbox or select the note from the listbox below it. Then, do the same for the arpeggio type and click the "Get Arpeggio" button. You can also double click either listbox to open the diagram. The diagrams will not have the "Click here for more arpeggios", since this section is not in the context of a key signature.

Key Library Arpeggios - This section houses the three main arpeggio categories from the selected key. These arpeggio categories are (major, minor, and dominant/augmented/diminished) and are chosen in the "Key Library" window. Their information includes arpeggio names, formulas, and notes and this information is displayed in the "Key Information" window. Clicking the arpeggio's name will display its notes and formula. Clicking "Get Arpeggio" will display the arpeggio's diagram. The "More on this type" button will take you to the additional arpeggio types that are in the selected key. If this button is not shown, there are no additional arpeggio types. If there are more than one arpeggios in the selected category, "Click here for more arpeggios" will be displayed left of the diagram and clicking it will display the next arpeggio in order.

There is an "outside" arpeggio type which is augmented. This arpeggio type is added for experimentation, but contains a note that is not in the key signature.

Key Library More Arpeggios - This section is an extension of the key library arpeggios. It contains the additional arpeggio types from the type selected that fit with the selected key. This information is shown by clicking the "More of this type" button, if it is available. For example, if you select Major arpeggio types from the key of C, then click "More on this type", you will see the additional Major arpeggios (F Major and G Major). Similar to the other arpeggios, there are also arpeggio diagrams for these arpeggios that display the name, formula, and notes.

Which Arpeggios Are Used In This Program?

There are twenty seven types of arpeggios in this program and they are broken down into three main categories; major, minor, and dominant/augmented/diminished (also displayed as Dom/Aug/Dim). Each arpeggio category is found in the "Key Library" window, and in the "Key Information" window includes the arpeggio's name, notes, formula, and guitar diagram.


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