Questions tagged [arpeggios]

For questions about playing broken chords, where each pitch of the chord is played successively. Arpeggios are often, but not always, played either ascending or descending. Many questions may also use the `technique` tag.

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How does the chord progression G-F-Eb-D work?

So, I've been this arpeggio sequence of G major to F major to Eb major to D major and can't really seem to figure out the theory behind it. All of the root notes fit into G Mixolydian flat 6 & G ...
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Tuxguitar software and note length

I am using Tuxguitar for guitar and how can I have for example (4/4) with the bass (E for example) ringing all the first bar while followed by 7 "eight notes"? It's quite often to face this ...
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Meaning of left parenthesis notation on chords

As an example, in the Joseffy edition of the Chopin Nocturne op.62 no.1, there are many instances where a "left parenthesis" is used in front of a chord. I have always assumed this means a ...
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Piano fingering in Un Sospiro

For the tall left-hand arpeggio that descends two and a half octaves in the first bar, my first thought for fingering (for my hands which can only span an octave comfortably) would be starting from ...
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How to notate an arpeggio that anticipates the beat

The last chord of a piece of music I wrote has an arpeggio in the right hand and not in the left. I want the top note in the right chord to fall on the beat so that it matches with the chord in the ...
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Fingering - Chopin Waltz in a minor - measure 21

Need some suggestions with the following. I am playing the first 3 notes - E, G♯, B with fingers 1,2, and 4, then I am shifting my hand, then playing the next octave up with the same fingering. The ...
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How to engrave an arpeggio with arrow over two voices in Lilypond?

I want to connect notes from two voices with an arpeggio and that the arpeggio has an arrow pointing down. I was able to create the arpeggio so that it connects the voices, however \arpeggioArrowDown ...
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arpeggiated chord and half bracket symbol - what does it mean? (piano)

I have a piano piece with arpeggiated chords and at first glance, I thought I would have to leave out the bottom note on one of them because my hands aren't long enough. Then I looked closer at the ...
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Four-note arpeggio on string instrument

Consider following excerpt of the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin concerto: It contains a series of arpeggios. What are the rules to write such arpeggios? Are the four notes always played on ...
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Pachelbel's Canon in D, arpeggio's fingering

In measure 5 to 12 of this R. Schultz arr. of Pachelbel's "Canon in D", the left hand plays the arpeggios. I have seen various fingering for the left hand: (a) 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 |...
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Left hand fingering on arpeggio G-E-G-E-B-E on Piano keyboard [closed]

I'm absolutely new to piano and really want to learn piano myself at home without teacher. I've got a new sheet for a song, and I'm trying to figure out left hand fingering for the arpeggio G-E-G-B. ...
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Rolled chords: how much flexibility in the rhythm?

Best way to illustrate this question is by example, looking at Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 6th symphony, movement 2. Compare 9:30 in: to the very start of: ...
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What's the proper piano notation for adding one note at a time to a chord and holding all the notes?

I came across a bar that sounds like this while transcribing a piece for keyboard. Is there a correct/better way to write this?
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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

I've been learning to play piano for couple of weeks, and I've faced a question that has some controversial answers on the internet: What is the correct position of 2-3-4 fingers on white keys (WK) ...
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I chord interpretation and broken chord interpretation blocking broken chords

I'm having trouble interpreting this chord. It is labeled as a I chord, and from seeing that there is no key signature, I'm assuming it's in Cmaj or Amin. But what I'm not getting is, to my knowledge, ...
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Notation of piano arpeggios, cross-staff and between hands

I need opinions on the notation of cross-staff notes in piano arpeggios. I chose not to write the usual rests so that my page would have a clean look. I cannot beam the notes of the whole arpeggio ...
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What is the correct terminology/notation for playing notes in a chord at the same time, and not as an arpeggio?

It is very common for interpreters of sheet music — especially string players — to roll chords. What is the notation to specify that all notes should sound at once? I had thought it was a square ...
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Should I avoid looking down while training arpegios and scales? (Piano)

I can play while not looking down with almost no performance loss while playing scales. Arpeggios are a different story. I have to slow the metronome a lot and I start to make a lot of mistakes. It's ...
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How would you finger this arpeggio on guitar?

What would be your approach for right-hand-fingering this arpeggio pattern with classical guitar or fingerstyle technique (no pick)? I've tried out several approaches, being this one the most ...
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Can you help me understand what I am doing with these arpeggios?

I have a song with a part that I am wanting to play arpeggios over with the guitar. But just using the actual chord tones sounds boring to me. So I have started with an arpeggio pattern on the first ...
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How to execute rapid broken chords in Beethoven Op. 90

I am looking for advice in executing the following passages of fast, broken chords in Beethoven's Sonata in E Minor (Op. 90), first movement. The passages in question are pictured below. There are ...
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Piano arpeggio symbol: split vs drawn through

This may be an obvious thing for more experienced piano players, but I was wondering whether there is a difference between having a single arpeggio symbol that spans both the left and right hand and ...
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Can I play an arpeggio of the first chord of the scale over this chord progression?

I am writing a music piece in E minor using the chord progression Em-C-Bm-G. I independently wrote an arpeggio in the chord e minor (together with some passing notes) and I want to add this arpeggio ...
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What is the meaning of the various fingering on this arpeggio?

What is the meaning of the two fingerings : "3" and "4" in the D # minor arpeggio (second inversion) ? Should I "choose" one ? Is there an "academic/official" ...
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At which speed (tempo) is an international piano concertist able to play an arpeggio, like F sharp (black keys only) [closed]

I'm struggling to play fast the F sharp arpeggio (this is black key only : F#-A#-C#-F#-A#-C#-etc) Currently, I play this arpeggio on 4 octaves at the tempo of 130 for 4 notes (with no mistakes) after ...
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These two phrases use exactly the same notes, but one sounds major, the other minor. Why is that?

I've been playing around with arpeggios, adding an approach note for each degree of the arpeggio. In the first two-bar phrase below, I approach each note of the C Major arpeggio from the note one ...
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Inverted pedal tones but intervals

What is the correct term when you play melodic intervals in higher pitch than primary melody? As for the rhythmic support for primary melody. If it was pedal tones played that way, it would be called ...
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What do these squiggly arrows mean? [duplicate]

What does these squiggly arrows mean?
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Finding root keys and chord progression for arpeggios

I have a riff I've composed using the following power cords notes (here is what is sounds on piano https://soundcloud.com/tomasz-jasku-a-133883769/keyboardforsolo-rzczywistosc) : Time 1 & 2: C#, ...
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Fingerings for 2+ octave major/minor arpeggio inversions

Here is a traditional fingering for a Em arpeggio across 2 octaves RH 123 1235 LH 5421 42 What is fingering best practice one wished to practice 1st and 2nd inversions of Em arpeggio across 2 ...
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Passing note vs changed chord

I'm pretty new to theory, so apologies if this is a stupid question but I can't seem to figure this out. Let's assume I am in the key of C major and I want to play the following progression on guitar:...
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How exactly do the rules of traditional voice leading apply to broken chords?

In Gore Ouseley's Treatise on Harmony (p. 194 of the 1868 edition), the author states: When chords are broken, care must be taken, first, that every note requiring any fixed progression or ...
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Fingering for a left hand C-G-C-G-C arpeggio

Newbie player here. I've been playing piano for almost a year now (I'm 22, self taught), and have been recently trying to move up to two octave arpeggios. I'm currently struggling with a C-G-C-G-C ...
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Minor scale with only 6th degree raised by a half step?

I've been playing some arpeggios on a guitar and eventually I set on three chords I've been repeating that sounded good to me. These chords were consisting of notes (from lowest to highest): G F B&...
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B flat 6 arpeggio notation

I am trying to digitize an old piece of music, and I'm confused by a notation that says B♭ arpeggio (photo below). I'm used to apreggios being a wavy line next to the notes, so I'm not sure which note(...
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Adding interest to arpeggios

Recently i've been more confident in the progressions I choose for my songs, but the guitar arrangements are still very uninspired. I am particularly bad at creating cool arpeggios or riffs that ...
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How to improve stamina in hands for technical pieces

These two pieces are currently part of my repertoire: Etude Op. 25 No. 11 "Winter Wind" (Chopin) Transcendental Étude No. 10 "Appassionata" (Liszt) These are both very technical ...
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Question regarding practising arpeggios

I have a question regarding this instruction in Schmitt (this book suffers from trying to be too concise sometimes, I feel, at the expense of clarity!) Practise with the C major fingering. Does this ...
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What is the standard fingering technique to play arpeggio triads with inversions?

Novice here. In playing C Major, it seems pretty straight forward. You start for example playing, 1-3-5 / 5-3-1 (or a 1-2-3) depending on the hand, but other scales like Db for example are starting on ...
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What's the meaning of a half note with a flag?

In Carcassi's Arpeggio exercises (for guitar) there are passages like this: Do these half notes are connected with eighth notes? What does the half notes with flag means? BTW, how to include these ...
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Chord structure and arppeggio study

This question is just to satisfy my own curiosity. I play mainly guitar, and some piano. Both are chording instruments so I study chord structure and arpeggios as part of my education process. I found ...
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How to differentiate countermelody from arpeggiated accompaniment?

I wonder what would be the main difference between arpeggiated accompaniment and counter melody. Could it be the rule that an arpeggiated accompaniment would be more repetitive (because it consists ...
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chord voicing with arpeggiations and inversions

This question is in two parts. A) Assume the rules of 4-part harmony. Should the first note of an arpeggio be the one that is included in the chord for best sonority? For example, we are told, with ...
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Ideas for practicing 7ths 9ths 11ths 13ths

Been practicing 7th arpeggios for months now in all keys. And now I'd like to practice 9ths because I keep finding songs I like that have 9ths and even 11ths. But I feel like it'd be better to ...
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Why do arpeggios tend to blend at quiet dynamics?

I notice this especially in the arpeggio passage of the Solfeggio in C minor. But when I am playing very fast arpeggios, the notes either stay separate or blend depending on the dynamic. At forte, ...
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Which strings do I pick when arpeggiating a G chord on guitar?

I'm trying to play this as part of an arpeggiated version of Hallelujah. For arpeggiating C, Am and F cord I find it easy to know which strings to pick and it sounds right. But when doing the same for ...
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Trouble with thumb placement when practicing arpeggios on a piano

I'm just now learning the correct fingering for when practicing scales and arpeggios. Scales are going quite well, but when I practice arpeggios, I seem to have a lot of trouble with my thumb ...
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What is the chord progression and also the technique used in this rock riff?

Example of the riff being played Relative novice here in music theory, forgive me. There's this fantastic rock riff, and I'm trying to figure out what they're doing in it. I know it's some simple ...
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best fingering for this arpeggio

Right-hand. I've been trying to play thumb, index, middle, pinky, thumb, middle, thumb. But I find that a bit awkward. Maybe it's correct and I just have to get used to it. What's the standard for ...
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Fingering for long arpeggio

I seek fingering advice for the arpeggio in the image shown. It’s in A Major..
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