Finger patterns and how to play simple 2 octave arpeggios
for Grade 1 and 2

G major

First of all : Play the midi file of this arpeggio so you can hear it. Click here to listen.

Now look at this rough chart for finger patterns. You need pattern A for the G and D string and pattern B for the A and E strings. The arpeggios require exactly the same finger pattern as the scales. This finger pattern will always be the same if you are in G major and in first position.

To play A major you must use finger pattern C for the lower 2 strings ( G D ) and finger pattern B for the upper 2 strings ( A E ). Which finger pattern to use will depend on where the semitones need to be placed. Here is the score of A major. Listen to it here. It should sound quite similar to G major !

These are the 3 most common finger patterns. For instance ; to play B flat major on the A and E strings you would use pattern C, albeit starting a semitone lower.

Below : A nicer ( more realistic !) drawing of finger pattern A.

Left hand finger pattern A

Below : A better drawing of finger pattern B, but I would have liked a more accurate impression of how 1st and 2nd fingers touch. In this drawing, although close there seems to be almost a gap between them. In true semitone playing there are no gaps between the fingers. Until I get better drawings done these will have to do !


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