- Arpeggio are the notes of a chord played individually, rather than together.
- Guitar Arpeggios can be found all over the guitar neck.
- We can play guitar arpeggios across 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 strings.
- This tutorial demonstrates guitar arpeggios across 3 strings (high E, B and G strings).
- Notation/Tablature PDF and a short demo sound example is included below.
GUITAR ARPEGGIOS ACROSS 3 STRINGS
After publishing a cool 2 String Arpeggio Tutorial played at a moderate pace, let’s step it up a few notches.
Here we are using the top 3 strings (E, B, G) to create a repetitive but fun sounding arpeggio at a rather fast pace. Set your metronome to 160 bpm.
Shred Guitar 3 String Arpeggio
A few words to the below exercises: 3 strings are involved: the high E, B and G strings. The chords used for each exercise are: Fm D Bm Fm D A D E Fdim. As I said previously, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the notes that belong to a basic major or minor chord. Repeat after me: A basic major chord contains the 1, 3 and 5 notes of a given major scale. A basic minor chord contains the 1, b3 and 5 notes of a given major scale. For a refresher on this, check out my tutorial on: How to Build a Major Scale.
This guitar arpeggio exercise uses a mix of hammer-ons/pull-offs, sweeping across the 3 strings upward and downward, plus the occasional picked note. It’s all noted in the below downloadable PDF and should be fairly self-explanatory.
Start at a slower speed! If 160bpm is too fast for you. Make sure all the notes and sweeps sound distinct. Once you have mastered the chord progression at a nice slow speed, increase the metronome and ‘go to town’.
Set your amp/effects to a highly distorted sound for the most effective way to play arpeggios. Make sure that the notes do not run into each other but are separately swept across the strings. Not an easy task at first. Only show a tiny bit of the pick tip when sweeping and keep your palm very close to the strings. Some players ‘angle’ the pick just a bit when sweeping downward and straighten it out when sweeping upward.
Have fun with this cool arpeggio exercise and stay tuned for many more to come.