Arpeggios

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Arpeggios can be used in many different ways. You can make riffs out of them, use them in solos, or even make melody lines with them. They are very useful and help give you a more complex sound. Arpeggios are simply broken down chords.
Instead strumming the chord like this:
E:-----1-----|
B:-----3-----|
G:-----2-----| 
D:-----0-----|
A:-----------| 
E:-----------| 

Pick through it like this:
E:-----1-----| 
B:----3-3----|
G:---2---2---|
D:--0-----0--|
A:-----------|
E:-----------|
Below are some commenly used patterns to run up and down the neck using arpeggios. Keep in mind that you can take the root note and move it anywhere on the neck to play different arpeggios.
G Arpeggio:
E:--------------3-7-3--------------|
B:------------3-------3------------|
G:----------4-----------4----------|
D:--------5---------------5--------|
A:----2-5-------------------5-2----|
E:--3---------------------------3--|

Am Arpeggio:
E:--------------5-8-5--------------|
B:------------5-------5------------|
G:----------5-----------5----------|
D:--------7---------------7--------|
A:------7-------------------7------|
E:--5-8-----------------------8-5--|

Gmaj7 Arpeggio:
E:------------------2-3-2------------------|
B:----------------3-------3----------------|
G:--------------4-----------4--------------|
D:----------4-5---------------5-4----------|
A:------2-5-----------------------5-2------|
E:--2-3-------------------------------3-2--|

Am7 Arpeggio:
E:------------------5-8-5------------------|
B:--------------5-8-------8-5--------------|
G:------------5---------------5------------|
B:--------5-7-------------------7-5--------|
A:------7---------------------------7------|
E:--5-8-------------------------------8-5--|
Also, don't be afraid to add notes to your arpeggios to spice up your sound.
G Arpeggio:
         added 2nd    added 2nd
               \         /
                 \     /
E:--------------3-5-7-5-3--------------|
B:------------3-----------3------------|
G:----------4---------------4----------|
D:--------5-------------------5--------|
A:----2-5-----------------------5-2----|
E:--3-------------------------------3--|

Am Arpeggio:     
                       added 6th
                           /
                         /
E:--------------5-8-5--/-------------|
B:------------5-------6-5------------|
G:----------5-------------5----------|
D:--------7-----------------7--------|
A:------7---------------------7------|
E:--5-8-------------------------8-5--|
Here are some paterns that work great in solos. Once you get used to them, it's easy to play them pretty fast.
D Arpeggio:
E:--5-2---5-2---5-2---5-2---| or E:--5p2---5p2---5p2---5p2---|
B:------3-----3-----3-----3-|    D:------3-----3-----3-----3-|
G:--------------------------|    G:--------------------------|
D:--------------------------|    D:--------------------------|
A:--------------------------|    A:--------------------------| 
E:--------------------------|    E:--------------------------|

Em Arpeggio:
E:--7-3---7-3---7-3---7-3---| or E:--7p3---7p3---7p3---7p3---|
B:------5-----5-----5-----5-|    D:------5-----5-----5-----5-|
G:--------------------------|    G:--------------------------|
D:--------------------------|    D:--------------------------|
A:--------------------------|    A:--------------------------| 
E:--------------------------|    E:--------------------------|

F# Dim Arpeggio:
E:--8-5---8-5---8-5---8-5---| or E:--8p5---8p5---8p5---8p5---|
B:------7-----7-----7-----7-|    D:------7-----7-----7-----7-|
G:--------------------------|    G:--------------------------|
D:--------------------------|    D:--------------------------|
A:--------------------------|    A:--------------------------| 
E:--------------------------|    E:--------------------------|
You can play the above arpeggios the same way on every string except B. Here is the way to play them on the B string.
D Arpeggio:
E:-------------------------------|
B:--10-7---10-7---10-7---10-7----|
G:-------7------7------7------7--| 
D:-------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------| 
E:-------------------------------| 

Em Arpeggio:
E:-------------------------------|
B:--12-8---12-8---12-8---12-8----|
G:-------9------9------9------9--| 
D:-------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------| 
E:-------------------------------| 

F# Dim Arpeggio:
E:---------------------------------------|
B:--13-10----13-10----13-10----13-10-----|
G:--------11-------11-------11-------11--| 
D:---------------------------------------|
A:---------------------------------------| 
E:---------------------------------------|
Also, you should try playing the arpeggios descending.
D Arpeggio (Descending):
E:----2-5---2-5---2-5---2-5--|
B:--3-----3-----3-----3------|
G:---------------------------|
D:---------------------------|
A:---------------------------| 
E:---------------------------|
Here are some other cool ways to play arpeggios.
Am Arpeggio:
E:--12-8-------------8--12-8------------8---|
B:-------10--------10-------10-------10-----|
G:----------9----9-------------9----9-------|
D:------------10-----------------10---------|
A:------------------------------------------| 
E:------------------------------------------| 

G Arpeggio:
E:--10-7-----------7--10-7-----------7--|
B:-------8-------8---------8-------8----|
G:---------7---7--------------7---7-----| 
D:-----------9------------------9-------|
A:--------------------------------------| 
E:--------------------------------------| 

E Dim Arpeggio:
E:--6------------------6----------------|
B:----8-5-------5-8------8-5-------5-8--|
G:--------6---6--------------6---6------|
D:----------8------------------8--------|
A:--------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|

A Dim Arpeggio:
E:--2---------------2----2---------------2--|
B:----4-----------4--------4-----------4----|
G:------5-2---2-5------------5-2---2-5------|
D:----------4--------------------4----------|
A:------------------------------------------| 
E:------------------------------------------|
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