C Major Arpeggio

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Arpeggio in musical term refers to a group of notes (or chord) being played one after the other in sequence. It can be played going up or down the scales spreading more than one octave range. The most basic arpeggio is the C Major Arpeggio.

View The Steps to Play the Arpeggio

Besides daily practice of scales, it is recommended that you also practice the arpeggios.  In this lesson, we will be learning how to play the C Major Arpeggio.

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C Major Chord Arpeggio

Watch the video below on how to play C major arpeggio. Notice that every note played are notes of the C major chord; C, E, and G.

Steps to Play the Arpeggio:

Play through four octaves of C major chords, and then ending it with a single C note. Then head back down the piano keyboard through the same four octaves of C major chords. Here’s a step by step explanation on how to play the C major chord arpeggio:

  1. Start with your left hand in C position, two C’s below Middle C. And, your right hand
    in C position on an octave higher than your left hand (or one C below Middle C).
  2. Play the first C major chord with your left hand.
  3. Play the second C major chord with your right hand.
  4. Cross your left hand over your right hand to go to the third C major chord & play it.
  5. Pass your right hand under your left hand to go to the fourth C major chord & play it.
  6. Cross your left hand over your right hand to reach for “C” & play it (Do not move your right
    hand; you still need to use it)
  7. Now you have to go back down towards your starting position. With your right hand in
    the position you last left it, play the fourth C major chord.
  8. Cross your left hand over you right hand and play the third C major chord.
  9. Cross your right hand over your left hand and play the second C major chord.
  10. This is the last step! Pass your left hand under your right hand and play the first C major chord.

You have just played C Major Arpeggio. You should be back at the position you started with.

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Beginner Piano

Lesson 6Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Lesson 9Playing the Major Chord
Lesson 10Three Primary Chords
Lesson 1112 Bar Blues Chord Progression
Lesson 1212 Keys of Music
Lesson 13Major Scale
Lesson 14Intervals
Lesson 15Chords of the Major Scale
Lesson 16Circle of Fifths (5ths)
Lesson 17Chord Inversions
Lesson 18Double Chord Pattern
Lesson 19Broken Chord Pattern
Lesson 20Arpeggio Chord Pattern
Lesson 21Sounds of the Orient
Lesson 22Mysterious Sounds
Lesson 23Arpeggios


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