Primary and Common Arpeggio Patterns

The “Primary Arpeggio Patterns” are common right-hand patterns.  These are short, 3-note patterns.  We can combine these, together with alternation, to form most any arpeggio pattern found in our pieces of music.

When we practice these patterns to mastery, we build skills that will generalize to all the music we play.  These “basics” are the building blocks with which we form our right-hand classical guitar technique.  Much like letters form words, these patterns become the “vocabulary” of our right hand.

As we master these patterns, we can more easily notice when we vary from the ideal form, position and movements.  This allows us to maintain good technique more often.  We master the macro (all patterns and pieces of music) through the micro (these primary patterns of movement).

The primary movements are:

    1. “Chunk,” or closing hand motion
    2. PIM
    3. PMI
    4. PMA
    5. PAM
    6. IMA
  1. AMI
  2. Alternation

Each of these movements stem from the big knuckle, in exactly the same motion as the “chunk” movement above.


All Available Patterns and Common Combinations