2 String Arpeggios.

Below in the pdf are listed all the arpeggios that are diatonic to the key of E Major. What does diatonic mean? It means that they are all part of the E Major scale.

The Time signature used is 5/8. I did it like this for 2 reasons.

  1. Become familiar with Odd Meter.
  2. To Become familiar with Economy Picking.

Odd Meter is anything other than 4/4 or 2/4 basically. To explain odd meter fully will be in another lesson.

Economy picking = most efficient way of picking in terms of speed. For example when you go from the 1st string to the second use downstrokes in one continual motion aka sweep picking. Then 2 down strokes when finishing the measure.

Basically its alternate picking on single strings and economy or directional picking when switching strings.

Switching strings – Use the same direction. Up or down.

Single strings – Use alternate picking.

The picking for all of these shapes should be this:


Do each measure 4 times or more when learning the shapes.

Once you do this go back and do them 2 times each. (combining the whole exercise)

Finally do it measure by measure. Start slow and increase tempo as you get more familiar with the arpeggios.



Good for making melodies, improvising and shredding.

You can sweep pick them, you can double pick them, you can tremolo them.

The main point of this lesson is for you to learn them in an entire key so that you can transpose it to any other key you wish.

This exercise works on the 1st and 2nd strings. The 3rd and 4th strings. The 4th and 5th strings and the 5th and 6th strings. It does not work on the 2nd and 3rd strings as the shape of the arpeggios differ. This is due to the way that guitars are tuned. From the 3rd string to the 2nd string you have a Major 3rd and on all the other strings there is an interval distance of a 4th.



Record a progression in E Major or maybe just an E Major chord.

Now go through all the shapes over this chord improvising melodies and ideas as you see fit. This is all to get familiar with these arpeggios and how they sound over chords.

2 String Arpeggios E Major