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Basic Accompaniment Patterns – Easy Arpeggio Exercises

Since the guitar is often used as an accompanying instrument, it is not surprising that some visitors asked me for some easy accompaniment patterns for the right hand. Nevertheless this patterns are of course a very good way to develop a good initial position for the right hand that will help you to strengthen tone and  rhythm. There are two steps in the development of right  hand arpeggios:

Preparing – and not preparing.

First: Practise very, very slow. Assure you always have prepared the next finger at his string before you plug a string – and enjoy this like a meditation. There is no need for a steady beat,  it´s just the preparing  movement of the fingers that will change your right hands capabilities. Prepare!

Second: If you feel comfortable with the movement of your right hands fingers (and this may take some time), stop controlling and forcing them, play a fast tempo and let them flutter, like drumming on the table – don´t look at your fingers know, just listen. Do not prepare any finger except the first! For many people this is the thing to work out – to release!


Let´s start with the major triads in C-major.

arpeggios basic accompaniment patterns guitar score 1

This is very important: Make sure you place i on its string before you plug p, m before you plug i and so on. First step is to prepare fingers on strings! Play silenty, take this exercise as a meditation, take good care to every movement of your right hand fingers and listen to the beautiful sound that you regulate.

Let´s have a different  arpeggio, even easier for the left, refreshing the chord accompaniment with characteristic  dissonances – let´s add the sixth to the subdominant chord and the seventh to the dominant chord.

Remember: There are two steps… Go very slow at first, improve movements with patience, later on let your fingers play, that´s the way to get fast!

arpeggio basic right hand pattern guitar p i m i a i m i score

Let´s play the same chord progression in A-minor:

arpeggios guitar score p i m i a  m i A minor right hand

Let´s add the sixth to the subdominant chord and the seventh to the dominant chord.

p+i+m+i+a+i+m+i++A+minor+characteristic+dissonances guitar score

Next arpeggio is very common for both key signatures 3/4 and 6/8. The chord progression is a sequence with the root of the chord going down a fifth (or up a fourth) to the next chord root.

If you don´t feel comfortable with the 4th finger at fourth fret in measure 3, you can simply change the chord note and play the open string g. The chord in Bar 7 is the dominant chord G with suspensions 4th and 6th, sometimes denoted with the slash chord symbol C/G – this means a C major chord with G played in the bass.

p+i+m+a+m+i+guitar score

Let´s add a seventh to each chord (and more on the dominant chord) and play an easy bossa rhythm.

easy bossa accompaniment guitar score