ar·​peg·​gio | \ är-ˈpe-jē-ˌō How to pronounce arpeggio (audio) , -ˈpe-jō \
plural arpeggios

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 on the Web To actually construct an arpeggio or a response to the call of the singer. Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2022 Chopin’s Nocturne No. 7, in C-sharp minor, begins with a low, ashen sound: a prowling arpeggio in the left hand, consisting only of C-sharps and G-sharps. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 Each word is accompanied, almost musically illustrated, by a variant of a five-note arpeggio figure that uncannily embodies each concept. New York Times, 28 Nov. 2021 During each phase, the musicians would run through scales and arpeggios at varying volumes and tempos, performing dozens of intonations of every note. Chuck Squatriglia, Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2020 Already a skilled player, Anderson had no idea what technique Van Halen was using to achieve those orbiting arpeggios. Matt Wake |, al, 8 Jan. 2020 Taking up more than half of the remix’s ten-minute length, the breakdown is an extended trance induction, its arpeggios meditative and steadily increasing their speed upwards into the heavens. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 26 Nov. 2019 Fielding a request to do a spontaneous piece, Wheaton starts with an up-tempo, plinking line of notes, adds a brisk allegro melody that plays in syncopation against it, and finally pipes in a series of cascading arpeggios. Rand Richards Cooper,, 15 Nov. 2019 There’s scant distance between the man and the music, the politically attuned composer sometimes railing against the world via torrents of arpeggios, chords hammered repeatedly, accents driven like stakes into the ground. Howard Reich,, 12 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of arpeggio

circa 1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arpeggio

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of arpeggiare "to play the harp," from arpa "harp" (going back to a Vulgar Latin loan from Germanic *harpō- "harp") + -eggiare, factitive verb suffix, going back to Latin -idiāre, originally representing variant pronunciation (or spelling variant) of -izāre -ize — more at harp entry 1

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“Arpeggio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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