An arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes are played in succession rather than simultaneously. The word comes from the Italian for “in the manner of the harp.” It is often used in piano music. To produce the proper effect in the following arpeggio it should be played as written below, that is the notes must be struck successively and not simultaneously. Two signs, to wit, indicate the arpeggio:
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Style of playing arpeggios
When playing the above begin with the lowest note and sustain each as it is struck so that all the tones belonging to the chord sound together, after the upper note is struck. The following illustrates this:
The chord of an arpeggio should never be played simultaneously. Of the following, No. 1 is bad, No. 2 is good.