Now that we’ve looked at the key points to keep in mind as you learn the PIMA arpeggio, let’s go more in-depth and apply this arpeggio to a chord progression.
In this lesson, the chord progression we’ll be using is:
C G/B Am G/B C
For this entire progression, your thumb plays the 5th string while your I, M and A fingers play the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings respectively. They play those same strings the entire time through each of the chord changes.
That G/B chord isn’t as hard as you might at first think. All you do is play your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string and your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string.
To see this arpeggio in action with explanation for some of the key things to keep in mind as you work it, check out this video:
By far the most important thing here is for you to get used to playing the arpeggio in time right through the chord changes.
A metronome can serve as your best friend for this work.
Set it to a slow speed–like 60 beats per minute–and then play along with it through the PIMA arpeggio.
You may find that, at first, even 60 beats per minute is too fast for you to stay in time AND change the chords. That’s okay. Simply keep the metronome at 60 bpm but play every other click or even every fourth click.
It is FAR better to play slowly but in time than to play quickly but completely out of time.
If you can find a slow speed at which you can perform these movements and have everything sound good, then you can easily speed things up as you practice.
However, if you never take the time to go deep down into the slow speeds where you can actually perform the movements and make everything happen in time, then you will likely grow frustrated and quit trying to learn to play the guitar altogether.
So, as I’ve said a million times before, GO SLOWLY. Take your time. Slowly, slowly work at this and you’ll have it in no time.