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Open Chord Arpeggio Picking Pattern 1
Arpeggio picking patterns can be really great way to spice up your rhythm playing in any style of music. Arpeggio picking is a great technique and adds texture and dimension to any guitar part. It works especially well with open chords since he open strings can ring through to the next chord similar to a drone. As guitarists we most commonly hear the term arpeggio used when it comes to sweep picking. With this technique of guitar we still play notes of a chord individually but, this is meant for rhythm playing. I would first familiarize yourself with the chord shapes before trying to tackle the picking pattern. Once you feel comfortable with those then work on the picking pattern with the first chord and then move on to the next.
The first measure is a Cadd9 chord shape. Pick the third fret on the fifth string, then the second fret on the fourth string. Beat two of the measure is the third fret on the second string then the third string is played open. Beat three is the third fret on the first string then the third fret on the second string. The fourth beat of the measure is the third string open then the third fret on the second string.
Notice how the picking pattern is the same for the second bar. If you are holding the correct shape for the Am7 chord you will automatically get the correct notes. The third bar is a Em7 chord. The picking pattern is a little different to accommodate the sixth string root. Play the sixth string open and then the fourth string on the second fret. Next play the second string on the third fret and then the third string open. Beat three is the first string played on the third fret then the second string on the third fret. Beat four is the third string played open then the third fret on the second string. The fourth measure is the same picking pattern as the third bar, just on a G chord.
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