Arpeggios are chords that are played one note at a time. They can help guitarist create melodic solos or riffs. Arpeggios will help you to develop a feel for each individual note in a given chord. Your ears will “tune in” to each note and they will start to recognize the musical patterns which arpeggios contain.

Understanding arpeggios is a crucial exercise for all guitar players. Dedicating a decent amount of time for daily arpeggio study is highly beneficial in these ways:


  • Knowledge of the complete fret board.
  • Understand chord construction.
  • Understand the relationship between chords in each key.
  • Assists in creating melodic phrases.
  • Ear training exercise.
  • Speed exercises
  • Knowledge of intervals

Developing a consistent arpeggio practice routine can unlock music theory knowledge on the fret board. Here are some tips when practicing arpeggios:


  1. Select a chord type( Major,minor,dominant 7,ect.)
  2. Learn the basic patterns,then Inversions
  3. Apply the chords to Keys(key of c,key of d,etc.)

The use of arpeggios will help students to master the fretboard and map out the notes on the guitar. Guitarists can use arpeggios to get to know the fretboard and be familiar with the tones on the instrument.Jazz guitarists and blues guitarists will use arpeggios to highlight chords during their solos. Using a 1,4,5 progression blues guitarists can play the notes of the chords and create melodic melodies that sound well against the chords.

If you are playing in the key of C Major, select your 1,4,5 chords(C maj.,F maj, G maj.) and create a melody,solo or riff with these notes:

C Maj: C,E,G

F Maj: F,A,C

G Maj:G,B,D

You can create a solo with these notes in the key of C major. Try to create a melody around these notes when each chord is played. this will help you to sound great when you are soloing around these chords.