Watch the Arpeggiation online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Gym: Arpeggiation

Arpeggiation is picking notes within the chord one-by-one and letting them ring throughout. Not to be confused with the term arpeggio, which is a sequence of notes contained in a chord (called chord tones) played one at a time that DO NOT ring together. Think of it this way: Arpeggiation is a harmonic concept whereas an arpeggio is a melodic concept. Our Level 1 Arpeggiation Workouts introduce this concept, emphasizing the essential components: surrounding the changes, arching, and clean chord changes.

These Arpeggiation Workouts are centered on two open position chords: E and A. Throughout the three workouts, you'll play various arpeggiation patterns in adjacent and nonadjacent string patterns for two minutes each. All the while you must pay close attention to your fret hand fingering to ensure none of your fingers are leaning, thus cutting off a note's ringing potential. The name of the game is maximum ring!