Lesson 4 - Picked Arpeggios

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Welcome to Lesson 4 of this Electric Guitar starter course focusing on Rock guitar!

In this lesson, I show you how to pick single strings while playing chords. This techniques is called playing arpeggios. 

An arpeggio is like a chord but played one note at a time, usually low to high or high to low.

Chords & tips!


Chord photos from Andy’s Beginners Course Book, available in paperback & to download now!

amin chord 16 Am chord photo

Are you hold you pick correctly?

Text and video from Andy's Beginners Course.

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A pick (aka plectrum) is used to get the brightest and best sound from a guitar, especially in Pop and Rock music.

Should I use a pick or just use my Thumb/ fingers?

Some beginners are very reluctant to use a pick. However, ESPECIALLY in the early days, I really recommend persisting no matter how many times it spins around in your hand or how often you drop it. It is simply the easiest way to get the best sound from your guitar for most pop and rock styles. Once you have a solid foundation of chords and rhythm, you can always learn folk ‘finger style’ playing at a later date (just like I did!)

Which size pick should I choose?

First you want to be aware of Gauges (thickness of pick in Millimetres 'mm'): .38, .46, .60, .73, .88, 1.0, etc.

Here's a break down of the most common pick gauges and what they are best for;

  • ​0.43mm Thin (light gauge) - ideally for beginners that are new to strumming

  • 0.73mm Medium - suitable for everything 

  • 1mm Thick (Heavy Gauge) - Some people find these better for single note lead playing, particularly on electric

Andy Guitar picks!

If you are needing some guitar picks and want to support my work, you can check out my Andy Guitar branded picks here!

Next Up: Lesson 5 - AC/DC Style Chords for Beginners

Well done! Let's jump into the next lesson of the course.