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Different Kinds of Broken Chords

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Downward-rolled chord.A broken chord is a chord whose notes are not played simultaneously -- a definition that can be a bit vague considering all of the options that creates.

Some arpeggiated chords are played from highest to lowest pitch, and vice versa; others may span the entire grand staff. Fortunately, there are ways of specifying in notation the style in which a broken chord is to be played:

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September 9, 2013 at 11:53 am
(1) Carlinton says:

Dear Brandy,

I must let you know that I enjoy reading your articles and I have learned a lot.

I love this lesson on arpeggio or broken chord. It was clear and I understood every aspect of it. I have already send the link to most of my students who are now doing this topic. I would also like to know If I can share a link to this page on my website.

I must confess, that I have never explained the squiggly, vertical line next to a chord, as liken to an arpeggiated chord. This I will remember and share it with students.

Continue to write good musical articles because they are hard to find on the internet.

All the best!

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