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For the purposes here the recommended fingering for the 1-3-5 arpeggio in the key of A is middle on fret 5 of the sixth string, index and pinky on frets 4 and 7 of the fifth string. The blue dots indicate the string and notes to be played individually. The A Major chord is formed on the second fret by barring strings 1 through 4 with the index finger. The strings with an X are not to be played. The strings with the blue dots are the closed notes within the chord to be played collectively with the open A string indicated by the red dot. The fingering for the A Major scale to be played in a descending motion is pinky, middle, index on frets 5, 3, 2 of the second string, pinky, middle, index on frets 4, 2, 1 of the third string and ring, index on frets 4 and 2 of the fourth string. Once you get to the last note play in an ascending motion to fret 1 of the third string. Scale notes in the order played are E D Db B A Ab Gb E F# G# and back to playing the A Major chord.

Arpeggios

An arpeggio, also known as a broken chord is not played the same way regular chords are even though they have all the same notes in common. Rather, a standard chord shape has all the notes being played together at the same time, whereas an arpeggio has notes that are both picked and fingered individually. Another example of arpeggios being utilized in music is when a player is finger picking individual notes even though a chord shape is being used.

Chords

A chord is two or more notes being played together at the same time.

Fret

A fret is a raised portion on the neck of a stringed instrument, that extends generally across the width of the neck. On most modern western instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. On historical instruments and some non-European instruments, pieces of string tied around the neck served as frets.The frets, also known as fret spaces divide the neck into fixed segments at intervals related to a musical framework. On both the guitar and bass each fret represents one Semitone (half step) in the standard western system where one octave is divided into twelve semitones (half steps). “To fret” is often used as a verb, meaning simply “to press down the string behind the fret.”

Scale

In music, primary pitches of a key or mode arranged within an octave. Scales are distinguished by the pattern of the intervals between adjacent notes. A scale can be seen as an abstraction from melody- i.e., the pitches of a melody arranged in stepwise order.

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