An arpeggio (Pl.: arpeggios) is the musical name for a chord where all notes aren´t played all together at once, but after one another in short spaces, to again build a kind of "melody". An Arpeggio is also known as a „broken chord“.
The word arpeggio is derived from "arpa" (ital. for harp) and in the sense of the word means that a chord should be played "harp-like", as it would be played on a harp = note-by-note.
One of the first to intensively use arpeggios in his playing was guitar-maestro Django Reinhardt. Due to his injuries of the left hand, he soon found out that arpeggios were a great way for him to easily play many fast notes in short time. Thats why he used arpeggios as one main feature in his improvisations. Many other JazzManouche- and Jazz-guitarrists copied that, thus introducing this technique into the modern Jazzplaying until today.
In our article-series about arpeggios we will show lessons on major and minor-arpeggios, as well as special arpeggios such as minor6-, minor7- or other types of arpeggios.
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