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How To Play Easy Piano Arpeggios


What Are Arpeggios?

An arpeggio is a chord played one note at a time. Sometimes called “broken chords,” arpeggios can be played in both ascending and descending order. Today, Hoffman Academy teacher Alex is going to introduce you to a C major arpeggio designed specifically for beginners.

Playing Your First Arpeggio

Start by finding the first-octave position of the arpeggio. Place your right thumb on the root C, your second finger on E, your 3rd finger on G, and then reach up with your fifth finger to get the octave C when it’s time to play it. This pattern will work in any octave.

Once you’ve got your hand position, slowly play through the notes of the arpeggio. Practice playing through the whole pattern, up from thumb to pinky and then back down. As you are practicing, focus on an even and steady rhythm. Keep the volume of each note the same. Once you feel comfortable with the C major chord, you can apply the same arpeggio pattern to other major chords.

If you want a really fun challenge, check out our Free Lesson, One Octave Arpeggios. Take your time working on arpeggios, making sure that you keep good posture and technique. Most importantly, have fun and keep practicing. If you want to keep up to date on the latest video lessons and tutorials from Hoffman Academy, create a free account to join our mailing list.

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