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Right-Hand Arpeggios for Classical Guitar

Right-Hand Arpeggios for Classical Guitar

Step 1: Introduction

Step 2: Tone Production and Free Strokes

Our first step to building the perfect right-hand arpeggio classical guitar technique is establishing a fixed fingered position. 

Let’s put our thumb on the 3rd string G, our index finger on the second-string B and, our middle finger on the first-string e. Your ring finger and pinky get a free ride for now. They are just curled and relaxed in a neutral hand position.

Let’s warm up with just some open string exercises. We are going to play with our thumb on the open 3rd string G. We are focused on excellent tone production with no nail clicks or snaps. Making sure you are very comfortable where the thumb is hitting the 3rd string on the guitar.

When you have that, we will go on to the index finger on the second string. There are a couple different things I want you to notice, I’m not plucking upwards on the string, that would be incorrect.

We want our finger to go inside our hand, past our thumb, straight back towards your elbow.

So, I have my guitar up at a 45-degree angle I am moving from the large knuckle joint primarily just like I’m scratching something.

There’s some sympathetic motion from the other finger joints and this finger just because we’re human, and they’re not going stay entirely still. But 90% of my finger movement is from the knuckle joint closest to the hand.

The thumb staying the middle finger resting here inside my hand past the

It is the same thing with the middle finger on the first string. We will pluck the string with a good tone as your ring and pinky fingers move along with the middle finger, almost like making a fist.

Step 3: Extension Timing

Steps 4 & 5: P,I,M,A Arpeggios