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An arpeggio has the notes of a chord played in succession rather than together, strictly in continuously ascending or descending order.

A broken chord is when the notes often appear in any order.

This tutorial demonstrates what an arpeggio is and how to play one on the keyboard.


Conjuct / stepwise

Disjunct / leaps

Conjuct or stepwise motion is where a melody moves by steps of either semitones or tones.

Disjunct or leaps is a melodic movement to a note further than a tone away from the previous note .

A repeated melodic idea that repeats at different pitch levels


A series of notes that are either ascending or descending, or both if using two hands on a piano (contrary motion).

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