Introduction To Arpeggiated Picking

In this lesson we will cover the basics of arpeggiated picking.

Arpeggiated picking is basically the technique of holding a chord form in the left hand while simultaneously picking multiple strings one after the other in the picking hand. It is a technique used in all styles of music and it creates a very flowing and complex sound with minimal effort.

Make sure when you practice this lesson or when coming up with your own arpeggiated picking patterns that you always try to pick in the direction of the next string that you are going to pick. That way your picking will eventually become as economical as possible.

After the first few exercises, we then learn an excerpt of the Pink Floyd song "Is There Anybody Out There?" from the "Wall" album. That piece of music uses this technique consistently from beginning to end.

Here is the PDF download for this lesson.

Introduction to Arpeggiated Picking PDF

Have fun, this technique can create some incredible sounds!

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  1. Ben Dragstrem on February 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Great Video instruction, Very cool song to teach the picking in. This was a great lesson.

  2. steve plourde on March 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I have visited many sites. I find this to be the most organized and easiest for me to learn from.
    Nice job, thank you. I have been trying to learn guitar for 8 months now.

    • Carl Brown on March 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      Hey Steve, great to have you here! Let me know if there is a particular lesson that you would like to see.

      Cheers!! Carl.. 😀

  3. Todd Tuck on April 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    My right hand really suxx when it comes to keeping a rhythm. its like i have no rhythm at all. I can fly on the left but my right is pitiful.

  4. Chad Wigham on October 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    This is a GREAT practice lesson. Helps recall the basics.

  5. Michael on April 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Good for “Behind Blue Eyes” 🙂

  6. Basel Khalil on July 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Great job Carl 🙂

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