Are you baffled by "piano arpeggios"? No need to be! Really it is just a BIG word for a very SIMPLE concept. An arpeggio is just a chord which is played one note at a time.
To play piano arpeggios, you must be VERY familiar with the major and minor chords. If you are not, then you should go to Keyboard Lessons and click on the links for major and minor chords. If you DO have major and minor chords in your bag of tricks, you are ready for arpeggios!
The first group of arpeggios all have the same fingering. Fingerings of arpeggios vary in order to avoid putting your thumb on a black key. This makes the playing of arpeggio passages much smoother and easier to execute.
In this group, the fingerings are as follows:
RIGHT HAND 1 2 3 1 2 3 5 3 2 1 3 2 1
LEFT HAND 5 3 2 1 3 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 5
Below are the arpeggios for MAJOR CHORDS in this group.
Practice these arpeggios one chord at a time and VERY SLOWLY at first. When you are ready, here is an exercise to help you build up speed. I included a "practice loop trainer"--each time is a little faster. Try to play along (notice the repeat signs at the end of each section). Click on the right arrow of the player to hear it.
You should practice this exercise with EVERY major chord.
When you have mastered the MAJOR chords, you are ready for the Minor arpeggios. Remember that they have the same fingering as the major arpeggios in this group. NOTE: Remember that the flats carry through the whole measure.
Here are the MINOR ARPEGGIOS:
Follow the same practice procedure as for the major chords. First practice each minor arpeggio and then you can try the arpeggio exercise--just plug in the minor chords. (But don't try to play along with the sound file--unless you like the sound of a train wreck!)
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