arpeggio


[ad_1] noun, plural ar·peg·gi·os. Music.
  1. the sounding of the notes of a chord in rapid succession instead of simultaneously.
  2. a chord thus sounded.

noun plural -gios

  1. a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
  2. an ascending and descending figuration used in practising the piano, voice, etc
n.

1742, from Italian arpeggio, from arpeggiare “to play upon the harp,” from arpa “harp,” which is of Germanic origin (see harp (n.)). Related: Arpeggiated; arpeggiation.

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