So you learn about chords, and your whole world changes. You play every song you can get your hands on, and you feel pretty confident using chords. But now, you are beginning to feel . . . “what do I do next” or “there must be something more!”
And you would be right. There is LOTS, LOTS, LOTS more!!
What else can I do with chords?
One of the first yearnings for many people after mastering some basic chords is to find something to do with those chords. Something more interesting than just playing block chords all the time. Some easy way to vary your chords.
Enter . . . arpeggios.
According to merriam-webster.com:
an arpeggio is a chord in which the notes are played separately instead of at the same time.
What does that mean?
Instead of playing a C Major chord as C-E-G, you would play C, then E, then G.
See how they look different when notated:
and how they sound different when played:
(Block chord is first, arpeggio is second)
Try it out in a song!
The best way to learn is by doing. If you want to learn to play arpeggios, get over to your piano and try them out!
Here is a song you can practice on:
- Play just the chords, block chord style (all three notes at the same time).
This will help you become familiar with the chords before you try anything new.
- Play the chords and sing along.
- Play just the chords, using arpeggios instead of block chords.
- Play arpeggios and sing along.
- If you wish to add the melody, practice the right hand by itself before playing along with the chords.