Learning The Entire Arpeggio

This lesson shows how to play several common arpeggios at any position on the guitar. Knowing how to play the arpeggios down the entire length of the guitar and knowing how different arpeggios in the same key overlap will greatly help with your soloing and improvisation.

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For each arpeggio, start with one position and move your way down the neck. You can pick them using alternate picking, economy picking, or sweep picking. Start slow till you can play all the notes cleanly and evenly and then slowly increase your speed. In this lesson, I will show you 4 arpeggios in the key of C: Fmaj7, G7, Bm7b5, and Dm7

F maj 7

this arpeggio can be played in the key of C and the key of F. In any key, the 1st and 4th notes of the scale can be played as a maj7 arpeggio. For example, in the key of C, you can play the Cmaj7 and the Fmaj7. Fmaj7 at the first position
4/4
|-----------------|-1-5-
|-------------1-5-|-----
|-----------2-----|-----
|-------2-3-------|-----
|-----3-----------|-----
|-1-5-------------|-----
Learn how to play this up and down. Its a bit of a stretch, but if your fingers can't go that far, try playing it at the 13th fret one octave up. Fmaj7 at the fifth position
8-5---------|--------
----6-5-----|--------
--------5---|--------
----------7-|--------
------------|-8-7----
------------|-----8-5
Again, make sure you learn to play this pattern both up and down and try to play it clean and even and don't worry about playing it fast. Fmaj7 at the 8th position
----------|------------8-12-
----------|---------10------
----------|----9-10---------
----------|-10--------------
-----8-12-|-----------------
8-12------|-----------------
Fmaj7 at the 12th position (this is my personal favorite way to play this arpeggio)
-13-12--|-------------------------|
--------|-13----------------------|
--------|----14-------------------|
--------|-------15-14-------------|
--------|-------------15-12-------|
--------|-------------------13-12-|
Then at the thirteenth position it repeats the first pattern as at the first position
|-------------------------|-13----17----|
|-------------------13-17-|-------------|
|----------------14-------|-------------|
|----------14-15----------|-------------|
|-------15----------------|-------------|
|-13-17-------------------|-------------|
So here is the entire Fmaj7 arpeggio remember, these patterns can be moved up and down the neck to play the same arpeggio in different keys.
4/4
|-----------------|-1-5-8-5---------|
|-------------1-5-|---------6-5-----|
|-----------2-----|-------------5---|
|-------2-3-------|---------------7-|
|-----3-----------|-----------------|
|-1-5-------------|-----------------|

|-------------------|------------8-12-13-12--|
|-------------------|---------10-------------|
|-------------------|----9-10----------------|
|-------------------|-10---------------------|
|-8-7----------8-12-|------------------------|
|-----8-5-8-12------|------------------------|

|-------------------------|-------------------------|-13----17----|
|-13----------------------|-------------------13-17-|-------------|
|----14-------------------|----------------14-------|-------------|
|-------15-14-------------|----------14-15----------|-------------|
|-------------15-12-------|-------15----------------|-------------|
|-------------------13-12-|-13-17-------------------|-------------|

G7

First position
|-----------------|-1-3-
|---------------3-|-----
|-------------4---|-----
|---------3-5-----|-----
|-----2-5---------|-----
|-1-3-------------|-----
  
  1 3 1 4 2 4 3 2   1 2
Playing the G7 is a bit of a finger gymnastics exercise. So, I put the finger numbers under the tab for how I play it, however, if you may find a way that works better for you. When playing this arpeggio decending, it may be easier to play the G on the low E string with your 2nd finger instead of your 3rd. G7 in the third position
-7-3---------|---------
-----6-3-----|---------
---------4---|---------
-----------5-|-3-------
-------------|---5-----
-------------|-----7-3-
G7 at the 7th position
-----------|----------7-10-
-----------|--------8------
-----------|---7-10--------
-----------|-9-------------
------8-10-|---------------
-7-10------|---------------
G7 at the 10th position
-10-13---|-------------------
-------12|-------------------
---------|-12-10-------------
---------|-------12----------
---------|----------14-10----
---------|----------------13-
G7 at the 13th position (same pattern as first position)
----|----------------------13-|-15----|
----|-------------------15----|-------|
----|----------------16-------|-------|
----|----------15-17----------|-------|
----|----14-17----------------|-------|
-13-|-15----------------------|-------|
Heres the entire arpeggio
4/4
-----------------|-1-3-7-3---------|-------------------|----------7-10-13---
---------------3-|---------6-3-----|-------------------|--------8---------12-
-------------4---|-------------4---|-------------------|---7-10--------------
---------3-5-----|---------------5-|-3-----------------|-9-------------------
-----2-5---------|-----------------|---5----------8-10-|---------------------
-1-3-------------|-----------------|-----7-3-7-10------|---------------------

|-------------------------|----------------------13-|-15----|
|-------------------------|-------------------15----|-------|
|-12-10-------------------|----------------16-------|-------|
|-------12----------------|----------15-17----------|-------|
|----------14-10----------|----14-17----------------|-------|
|----------------13-10-13-|-15----------------------|-------|

Dmin7

In the key of C, you can also play an Emin7 or A min7 arpeggio. Dmin7 at the first position
|-----------------|-1-5-
|-------------1-3-|-----
|-----------2-----|-----
|---------3-------|-----
|-----3-5---------|-----
|-1-5-------------|-----
Dmin 7 at the 5th position
-5-8-----------|---------
-----6---------|---------
-------7-5-----|---------
-----------7---|---------
-------------8-|-5-------
---------------|---8-5-8-
Dmin7 at the 8th position
--------------|----------8-10-
--------------|-------10------
--------------|----10---------
-----------10-|-12------------
------8-12----|---------------
-8-10---------|---------------
Dmin7 at the 10th position
-13-10-----|----------------------
-------13--|-10-------------------
-----------|----10----------------
-----------|-------12-10----------
-----------|-------------12-------
-----------|----------------13-10-
Here is the entire arpeggio
4/4
|-----------------|-1-5-8-----------|
|-------------1-3-|-------6---------|
|-----------2-----|---------7-5-----|
|---------3-------|-------------7---|
|-----3-5---------|---------------8-|
|-1-5-------------|-----------------|

|--------------------|----------8-10-13-10-----|
|--------------------|-------10------------13--|
|--------------------|----10-------------------|
|-----------------10-|-12----------------------|
|-5----------8-12----|-------------------------|
|---8-5-8-10---------|-------------------------|

|-------------------------|----------------------13-|-17----|
|-10----------------------|----------------13-15----|-------|
|----10-------------------|-------------14----------|-------|
|-------12-10-------------|----------15-------------|-------|
|-------------12----------|----15-17----------------|-------|
|----------------13-10-13-|-17----------------------|-------|

Bmin7b5

I really find this to be a really cool sounding arpeggio in the key of C Bmin7b5 in the first position
4/4
|-----------------|-1-5-
|---------------3-|-----
|-----------2-4---|-----
|---------3-------|-----
|-----2-5---------|-----
|-1-5-------------|-----
Bmin7b5 in the 5th position
-5-7-5---------|---------
-------6-------|---------
---------7-4---|---------
-------------7-|---------
---------------|-8-5-----
---------------|-----7-5-
Bmin7b5 in the 7th position
----------|-----------7-10-
----------|--------10------
----------|---7-10---------
--------7-|-9--------------
------8---|----------------
-7-10-----|----------------
Bmin7b5 in the 10th position
-10-13-10--|------------------------
-----------|-12-10------------------
-----------|-------10---------------
-----------|----------12-9----------
-----------|---------------12-------
-----------|------------------13-10-
the entire Bmin7b5
4/4
-----------------|-1-5-7-5---------|------------------|-----------7-10-13-10-
---------------3-|---------6-------|------------------|--------10------------
-----------2-4---|-----------7-4---|------------------|---7-10---------------
---------3-------|---------------7-|----------------7-|-9--------------------
-----2-5---------|-----------------|-8-5----------8---|----------------------
-1-5-------------|-----------------|-----7-5-7-10-----|----------------------

|------------------------|-------------------------|-13-17----|
|-12-10------------------|----------------------15-|----------|
|-------10---------------|----------------14-16----|----------|
|----------12-9----------|-------------15----------|----------|
|---------------12-------|-------14-17-------------|----------|
|------------------13-10-|-13-17-------------------|----------|
I hope this lesson helped. If anybody knows any other cool arpeggios for me to do this for please post them. thanks Also if you find any errors please comment so I can fix them.

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    ScareTheCrow
    arpeggios are no more then the root 3rd and 5th of major/ minor scales, other than that I'm not to sure of the answer to the rest of that question
    Gascar
    thanks a lot, i will copy paste and next print to me , thanks, you rock \m/ W_|-n-|_W
    nitz07
    Hey I am New Here, trying to learn Guitar. Tell Me Where & How Can I USe The Arpeggio style. i.e Can I Play it while playing The Chord sequence???
    linkamathingy
    Thanks for the lesson. I wish people wouldn't write such depressing things on these comments.
    shaymack37
    What's the difference between arpeggios, scales, modes and other stuff? Sorry, I'm new.
    thelonesoldier
    I have attention and motivation problems (i.e. I probably have mild ADD from my dad and I'm lazy), so I have a lot of difficulty forcing myself to learn scales, but these sound awesome and I actually got myself to learn the F maj 7 all across the neck, which I've never done with a scale or mode or anything before.
    Life Is Brutal
    I Dont really see how a begginer is supposed to do 1st fret to 5th fret quickly, but good lesson. Not alot of those Were very fluid to sweep, so it didn't help me much sorry. Good lesson though.
    pkloste
    That was my mistake. When I submited the lesson I forgot to switch the category. This lesson may be pretty tough for beginners, it would probably fit better under a different category.