5. Arpeggios and Chords

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Arpeggios and Chords

Arpeggios

Together with scales, arpeggios can greatly enhance your playing. They are the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th note of every scale.

White Key Major Arpeggios

These all have the same fingering.

  • Right hand – 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Left hand – 5, 3, 2, 1

Black Key Major Arpeggios

These don’t all have the same fingerings, but I do find them easier to play especially for multiple octaves.

For most of them you’ll be using the following fingering.

  • Right hand – 2, 1, 2, 4
  • Left hand – 2, 1, 4, 2

White Key Minor Arpeggios

To change to a minor arpeggio all we must do is drop the second note of the arpeggio by a semitone.

The fingerings are pretty much the same as for white key major arpeggios.

  • Right hand – 1, 2, 3, 5
  • Left hand – 5, 3, 2, 1

Black Key Minor Arpeggios

Again, the fingerings are pretty much the same as for black key major arpeggios

  • Right hand – 2, 1, 2, 4
  • Left hand – 2, 1, 4, 2

Chords

If we take the first three notes of an arpeggio, we get a chord. Good knowledge of these chords will help you master pop charts in no time.

Major Chords

Here’s a video I made just simply playing through all the major chords. You can see that it’s always the same intervals between the notes.

Minor Chords

To change to a minor chord all we must do is drop the second note of the chord by a semitone.

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