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arpeggio

play
noun ar·peg·gio \är-ˈpe-jē-ˌō, -ˈpe-jō\

Simple Definition of arpeggio

  • music : a chord in which the notes are played separately instead of at the same time

Full Definition of arpeggio

plural ar·peg·gios

  1. 1 :  production of the tones of a chord in succession and not simultaneously

  2. 2 :  a chord played in arpeggio

Examples of arpeggio

  1. The guitarist warmed up with a few simple arpeggios.



Origin of arpeggio

Italian, from arpeggiare to play on the harp, from arpa harp, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German harpha harp


First Known Use: circa 1724


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