3 Beautiful Arpeggio Exercises

Sam Vesely  /  Technique / Nov 26

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You’ve never heard arpeggios like this before!

People learn how to play piano for many reasons. Some of you want to impress your friends. Some of you want to work out your brains. Still others just want to play beautiful music. Well, these three exercises will cover all those bases! You’ll play something impressive that sounds nice and challenges your dexterity.

Download the free resources in F Major and let’s get started!

Man with brown hair and glasses sitting at grand piano looking up at camera.

The Pitter-Patter Pattern 👣

This one is fun — both to say and to play!

Sped up, this arpeggio looks difficult and fancy, but we’ll break it down between the two hands.

I play the pattern in C Major in the video, but in F Major, the fingering should work the same. Here’s the same fingering for the downloadable sheet music:

Pitter Patter sheet music with fingering and right and left hands highlighted.

Make sure you take this slowly at first! The only way to get fast is to start slow.

It also helps to use a stronger finger like finger 2 or 3 instead of your pinky for that highest crossover note, which we’ve bedazzled in the mark-up above. Keep an eye on that top note — it’s kind of like target practice when it comes to hitting it.

The Mind Bender 🧠

Like the Pitter-Patter, the Mind Bender splits the arpeggios between the left and right hands. We’ll cycle through a few chords here.

This is the fingering I use:

It helps to look ahead and line your fingers up with your target notes. Keep track of where you are. Focus is important here!

As for ending the pattern, you can end it on the low C on your left hand.

My tips for this one:

  1. Practice slowly first so you can increase speed with confidence.
  2. Use a metronome to help you keep your rhythm even. Speed isn’t everything — you need to be even too!
  3. Finally, be patient 🙂 New skills take time and that’s normal.

The Dreamscape ☁️

This one can sound very nice right off the bat. We’ll start high (the highest note here is a high F):

Dreamscape sheet music with fingering and right and left hands highlighted.

The fingering can feel a little odd at first with this one, so I suggest you practice the movement a few times, hands separate and together.

The neat thing about the Dreamscape is that it’ll sound pretty even if you play it slow. Add some pedal (you don’t even need to bother to lift it until the end!) to connect those notes. Now you’re sounding professional.

We hope you have fun with these arpeggio exercises. Now practice lots and impress your friends!

Sam Vesely is a graduate from MacEwan University's Bachelors of Jazz and Contemporary Pop Music degree with a major in Composition. His extensive knowledge of music styles and music theory is something that Sam is very proud of and he’s excited to share everything that he has learned with all of the students of Pianote.

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