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Arpeggio exercise in C major
The illustration below shows an arpeggio exercise using the chords of C, Dm, Em, F, G and Am. This exercise should be mastered. The fingering has been included for most of the chords. Notice that each note in the tablature is formed by the chord illustrated. To play this smoothly, your fingers must roll slightly. This means that you don't just finger the chords as normal.
Notice the first note in the tablature below. The 8 = the C note at the 8th fret, Low E string. You begin with your 1 finger, but notice you end with the 8 note, 1 finger, on the B string. Both of those notes are played with the tip of your index finger. In other words, don't bar that C chord when playing this exercise. Try to roll your fingers along. This sound file may sound corny, but it should be learned completely. You should play it smoothly sounding each note clean.
This exercise will strengthen your fingers and get you moving around the fret-board. Once you learn this in the key of C major, move everything to the 5th fret and learn to play it in the key of A major. You can use the same fingering patterns at the new locations, but the chords would be A, Bm, D and E.
I would also suggest that you play this with and without a pick. In the sound file below, I used an electric guitar and used a pick. In the video, I didn't use a pick. I've played this exercise hundreds of times and it has actually helped me create a new style and get out of the strumming rut.
Tablature included below.
The guitar tablature for the arpeggio exercise is shown below. Remember to start slow and play each note clean. Play one note at time and try not to finger each position as a chord, but roll the fingers over each note.