Here are some exercises to work on your picking technique, and for learning how to arpeggiate chords.
feel free to repeat the chord progressions for as long as you like, or just play through once.
Before we get started, let’s just run through all the chords that will be used.
The Chord Progressions Audio Examples
Arpeggiated Chord Progression 1: G6, Cmaj7, Dsus2, Dsus2
Bar 1: Arpeggiated G6 Chord
Play 4 down strokes starting on the big E string, then 4 up strokes starting on the little E string.
Bar 2: Arpeggiated Cmaj7 Chord
Play 4 down strokes starting on the A string, then 4 up strokes starting on the little E string.
Bar 3: Arpeggiated Dsus2 Chord
Play 3 down strokes starting on the D string, then 3 up strokes starting on the little E string. The rhythm here is “1 + 2… 3 + 4….”, which is like “quick quick slow, quick quick slow”.
Bar 4: Arpeggiated Dsus2 Chord
The same as bar 3.
Arpeggiated Chord Progression 2: Em7, G6, Dsus2, A7sus2
For the following arpeggiated chord progressions, they are played in the same sort of way to the first one, so I won’t display the step by step info again for these.