Hey Scott— what’s an arpeggio? And do I need to be practicing them?

If you’ve ever taken classical piano lessons before, you KNOW scales and arpeggios are one of the ten commandments of playing the piano. They’re an unwritten rule of sorts, that you MUST warm up your fingers with these exercises and you MUST know them better than you know yourself.

If you haven’t taken classical piano lessons in the past, an arpeggio is a broken chord. For example, a C major chord you’d play C, E, and G all at the same time, but you can play them separately (I like to think of it as a roll of the wrist to make it smooth and flow).

Sure, there’s some benefit to practicing these, but in the long run? No, you don’t need to make a point of playing arpeggios every time you sit down to play.

I don’t make you practice scales or arpeggios because… to be quite honest, I’m afraid they’d take the fun out of playing the piano. And my goal is to not only help you achieve your musical goals but to lead you to have FUN at the piano. Having fun and enjoying yourself at the keys is one of MY piano commandments.

But, arpeggios can make fun embellishments in songs! For this reason, I do love arpeggios.

If you’d like more direction on arpeggios, feel free to watch my video at the top of this page!

See you at the keys!

— Scott

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