Simple Arpeggio Playing

Simple Arpeggio Playing Over Open Chords

Arpeggios often cause a lot of confusion because I think most people believe they can’t be that simple. In reality, an arpeggio is nothing more than breaking the notes of a chord up and playing them one at a time instead of all together (and as my kids like to tell me, Arpeggio was NOT Pinocchio’s father.)

So in this example taken from a common lesson I do with my private students, you’ll get to practice your right hand picking while your left hand really doesn’t do anything but hold a chord shape.

This is a great way to get a nice sound without a lot of work. It’s common in many different styles of music. Hope you like it.


If the YouTube player is not working, try this

Downloads are available to newsletter subscribers. Click Here to sign up for free.

52 Comments

  • expotv.com

    Reply Reply May 30, 2014

    I all the time used to read piece of writing in news papers but now as I am a user of
    net therefore from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  • Trudi Sagovac

    Reply Reply November 17, 2013

    This is really nice. I so appreciate the lessons.

  • David Dresser

    Reply Reply November 8, 2013

    Perfect for me. Simple, easy to follow. Slow. I m old and not so quick. I want to learn very basic stuff so that I can start. Then I will understand the more complex things.
    Thanks

  • Larry

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    IM SORRY, IT IS VERY FUN, SOUNDS GREAT MORE HYMNAL TYPE, I have heard of repeggios’s played them over and over, but never knew they were called this. great to know. I can sound real musical asking other band members to play certain chords arpeggio style.

  • Larry

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    Add an F you may have House of the Rising sun

  • Larry

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    sounds l;ike many songs I have heard and played. Can you show slide?

  • David Schubnell

    Reply Reply November 3, 2013

    I Injoy everything it’s fun too learn how to play,wish I didn’t have still work would like to learn from you most of the day. You have a great day thank you

    • Leanne

      Reply Reply December 21, 2013

      Im married to a David Schubnell. We have never seen another person with his same name. Where do you live sir, if you don’t mind my asking?

  • ian

    Reply Reply October 13, 2013

    Griff
    is a very understanding artist and effortlessly exposes the rudiments of the instrument with no inhibitions and anyone would take his advice on board a perfect example of a non egotistical tutor.perfect delivery once again

    thanks

    ian

  • Chris

    Reply Reply October 9, 2013

    Great video, nice easy sound.

  • Gay Snell

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Still don’t get any sound (last time a few minutes I sent you an email I gave you an email address that you do not have for me–sorry about that.
    Anyway……still not any sound!!!! Can’t figure it out.
    Gay Snell

  • Gay Snell

    Reply Reply October 6, 2013

    Boy, I would love to go over this video but I cannot get any sound. Do you know why this is happening (second time) or what I can do to correct it?

  • Gary L.

    Reply Reply October 4, 2013

    Great video lesson! Great for warmup before practice on BGU course!

  • joe mcmahon

    Reply Reply September 28, 2013

    wild! im actually seeing in my brain what your playing, gotta go try this ,thanks griff.

  • Donald Adkins

    Reply Reply September 28, 2013

    Very nice to listen too and fun to play!! Thanks for all your time and hard work that you do to make this possible for us.Take care!

  • tonythebluesman@gmail.com

    Reply Reply September 26, 2013

    very nicely done mystro . its a nice piece and i intend to pass it along to my students . i have two who cant seem to grasp all out strumming yet very well i think this could be a better way to show them how to work up to basic strumming . every rose has it thorn yup fleetwood mac sound . or just about any ballad that could fit mixing it up a bit . three doors down sound it just goes on an on an on an on do you agree . oh yeah dont forget the black crows. i think all here will get to a point where it all starts to come together . keep the lessons coming luv it man

  • Glenn Lego

    Reply Reply September 26, 2013

    I enjoyed this. I would enjoy it more if I didn’t always get “the shakes” whenever I try to do something with my guitar!:(

  • Tom

    Reply Reply September 20, 2013

    Nice little piece to practice for hand string coordination.

  • PAUL DRAGOTTO

    Reply Reply September 13, 2013

    HELLO MR. HAMMIN. YOUR MISSION HAS BEEN COMPLETED. YOUR STUDENT IS VERY HAPPY WITH THE ARPPEGIO LESSON. THIS MESSAGE WILL NOT DESTRUCT .
    ALWAYS LIKED THAT SHOW. JUST LIKE YOUR VIDEO LESONS. IT’S CLOSE TO DINNER TIME , SO INSTEAD OF HOOKING ALL MY GEAR UP I THOUHT I WOULD USE MY ASOUSTIC GUITAR. THEY SOUND SO WARM WHEN PLAYED UN PLUGED. I LIKE TO USE THEM UP THE NECK TO IN BETWEEN A SOLO. THANK YOU MY FRIEND AND TAKE CARE.

  • ghostplayr

    Reply Reply September 3, 2013

    good stuff . been working on this a lot the single string picking is a most to learn . for me has been the some of the hardest . other getting fret board memory down. thanks for video allways good stuff to practice .

  • Bill Buffington

    Reply Reply September 2, 2013

    Sounds Great

  • Bob

    Reply Reply September 2, 2013

    Of all the lessons I’ve listened to this one has to be the very worst in terms of quality of sound and video. The audio was not in time with your playing and your video was out of sinc in both speaking and playing. Otherwise it was worth listening to. Don’t know what caused this mess.

  • ken goslin

    Reply Reply August 20, 2013

    Hi Griff. Really liked the arpeggio lesson keep up the good work. Thanks Griff . Ken

  • Tom

    Reply Reply August 8, 2013

    Going back to simple chords, always a good thing. Thanks Griff..

  • David lackey

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    If you like this gary Moore before his passing,played this or similar sound also used this technique.
    Sounds great!

  • manuel hernandez

    Reply Reply August 7, 2013

    I’m so glad you finally got to me , because the other format” html files ” did not get the TO me.

  • kev

    Reply Reply August 6, 2013

    excellent my wife loves it

  • Hans

    Reply Reply August 6, 2013

    Nice definetly worthwhile to know great little building blocks

  • Bob

    Reply Reply August 4, 2013

    I.ve been doing that for awhile now, and now I can tell people “that’s an arpeggio”.

  • Jim - UK

    Reply Reply July 22, 2013

    Griff,
    Love it. That sounds really good.
    It needs some words to it 🙂

    A common one I think is playing G7 bottom four strings, followed by C middle four strings and F top four strings.

    Thanks for all the tips, I can honestly say I’ve never learned so much.

  • Bob

    Reply Reply July 16, 2013

    Griff,
    Enjoyed this very much. All your videos are very informative

  • H

    Reply Reply July 15, 2013

    Hi Griff, nice one fella, I love picking, more eloquent than strumming.

    Heres a little joke for yall. I have a guitar which is gr8, I know nine chords but I can only arpeggi eight. lol lol, you gotta larf.
    thanks for all your time n effort, we all appreciate it. H

  • dave beehner

    Reply Reply July 3, 2013

    My real interest is bluegrass. I stumbled onto your website and go through the different materal.I enjoy your lessons as a change of pace,and the lessons have been helpful.The way you pesent your material is clear and well done.

    Dave Beehner

    a

  • autoresponders

    Reply Reply June 30, 2013

    I precisely had to thank you very much once more. I do not know the things I would’ve implemented without the advice revealed by you concerning that field. It absolutely was the traumatic concern in my position, but spending time with a new specialised avenue you resolved that made me to leap over gladness. I am happier for this assistance and hope you realize what an amazing job you are always putting in educating people today through the use of your webblog. I’m certain you haven’t got to know all of us.

  • robert.beazley6@bigpond.com

    Reply Reply June 30, 2013

    A really great lesson, would love to have it on my computer as this is the style I really love.

    Thanks a lot
    Bob

  • Ray N Parsons

    Reply Reply June 27, 2013

    Thanks to you Griff , I am finally getting somewhere with my guitar playing, following you is very simple and rewarding,

    Thank you Ray NP

  • Tyrssen@gmail.com

    Reply Reply June 22, 2013

    Nicely done! This simple technique pretty much got me through a lot of coffee-house acoustic gigs back in the day. Does indeed call “Love Hurts” to mind — also “Love In Vain”. Probably many others as well!

  • Jim

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    Hi Griff,
    Very nice, I’ll add that to my “picking” repertoire. I bought your Blues Course ages ago but I still have your emails. Many thanks
    Jim

  • Ozzy

    Reply Reply January 17, 2012

    Hey, I love it Griff. Reminds me of “Love Hurts” by Nazereth. Been looking for info on arpeggios and I know I’ll use this one for practice for sure. It is such a beautiful progression. Thanks.

  • shawn

    Reply Reply October 31, 2011

    Great vid and very helpful site.

    You sort of look like Luke Wilson….. Idiocracy

  • john p caines

    Reply Reply October 23, 2011

    Hi Griff. Great video/lesson. All I can say is GREAT………..John.

  • gary alsup

    Reply Reply August 28, 2011

    Great info on playing arpeggios on guitar.

  • Einer Jaramillo

    Reply Reply July 21, 2011

    Hello, would be great to have subtitles in Spanish. I do not speak English but I see the videos. Thank you very much.

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply June 15, 2011

    I really like this video, however the “down down down down, up up up up” of the strings drove me insane. Great video tho.

  • DOUG STANLEY

    Reply Reply May 26, 2011

    This really touched me, I just love it and can sit playing it for hours. Thanks

  • Dan Silverman

    Reply Reply May 5, 2011

    Hey Griff, Thank you! I love the sound of these chords!!Really sounds great on my Martin.
    Dan AKA Skamok

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply May 5, 2011

    neat…later.

    cowboy

  • john

    Reply Reply May 5, 2011

    Absolutely excellent. Great lesson, great exercise, and fun to play.

  • Gilles

    Reply Reply May 4, 2011

    sorry email typo error…if you want to answer me …this one now is correct one

  • Gilles

    Reply Reply May 4, 2011

    As a newby on guitar , I will take that for my warm-up session drill and my cool down relaxation …WOW…love that progression.

    What will be the metronome speed suggest for that 90 ?

  • Marko

    Reply Reply May 4, 2011

    Nice, very nice song,
    marko

  • mack arthurs

    Reply Reply May 1, 2011

    nice little pattern this is something I work at . Will it work as well on the acoustic?

Leave A Response

* Denotes Required Field