Definition of arpeggio
1 : production of the tones of a chord in succession and not simultaneously
2 : a chord played in arpeggio
Examples of arpeggio in a Sentence
The guitarist warmed up with a few simple arpeggios.
Recent Examples of arpeggio from the Web
Their groove machine churns out powerful hooks, crisp keyboard arpeggios, and punchy bass lines reminiscent of their eighties predecessors New Order and Soft Cell.
As an encore, Mr. Hadelich played Paganini’s solo Caprice No. 1, a whirlwind of nonstop arpeggios, dispatched with precision and panache.
The layers of acoustical and synthesized sound operate independently of each other; the acoustical portions were all over the stylistic map, from frenzied group exertions to airy waves of arpeggios.
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Origin and Etymology 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 1724See Words from the same year
ARPEGGIO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arpeggio for English Language Learners
music : a chord in which the notes are played separately instead of at the same time
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