Composing with Arpeggio’s

This lesson is for all of those who are either new to arpeggio’s and could use some early insight into how they can be arranged in accordance to your compositions; or those who have repeatedly played arpeggio runs but still cant see sense in there placement among the rest of their musical layers.

Composing with arpeggio’s or even just creating your own for good guitar practice is as easy as it is to write your own chord progressions!

Using the interval lessons and common chord progressions given from meyoumusic, you can easily put 1 and 1 together and start creating some incredible new progressions all by yourself 🙂


Our first example is going to be using the very common I-IV-V intervals in a 12 barre blues style; as this will instantly be recognisable for near everyone who plays it!



This would fit over a 12 barre standard blues progression, presuming they play the interval changes at the same time; however this is easily changeable and you should be able to detect that with your own ears by listening.


Next up; a slightly more challenging exercise using the common Jazz turnaround intervals is the ii-V-I-Vi all played as the respectable 7ths.

ii-V-I-Vi-1.png This one is really catchy to me and quite a chunk more enjoyable to play 🙂

It also rings that jazzy sound and shows how easily and quickly an arpeggio run can be written using intervals that you are already familiar with!

To compose with arpeggio’s, all you really need to do is:

  • Build a chord progression; or write an interval progression if preferred.
  • play the intervals as the respective chords, i.e; if your playing in a Major key, your I arpeggio will be a Major; if your playing extended chords, play the retrospective extended arpeggio.

It’s as simple as 2 steps.

And on that note, we will finalise this lesson with one extra example, enjoy 😀



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