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How to work out simple Arpeggios

by samantha on June 27, 2012

Arpeggio’s are great to learn as a beginner, as they are simple, fun and a prominent in many pieces of music. They are usually used to support a melody line and are played in the left hand as a bass section.

Arpeggio’s are a formation from chords, so they only require three notes, which are played ascending and descending on the piano. The fingering usually follows suit for most major and minor arpeggio’s with the exception of a few.

The suggested fingering to use in your right hand based on a two octave arpeggio will be: -

  • 1     2     3     1     2     3    5    3     2     1     3     2     1

The suggested fingering to use in your left hand based on a two octave arpeggio will be: -

  • 5    3     2     1     3     2     1     2     3      1     2     3      5  

Two examples of Major Arpeggio’s to play, using the fingering above are: -

C MAJOR: C   E   G    C    E   G   C   G    E    C   G   E   C 

F MAJOR: F   A   C    F    A    C    F    C    A    F    C   A   F

Two examples of Minor Arpeggio’s to play using the fingering above are: -

D MINOR: D    F    A    D    F    A    D    A    F    D    A    F   D

A MINOR: A   C    E    A    C    E    A    E    C    A    E    C    A

Practice these hands apart and when ready try putting them together for an extra challenge!

 

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