What are arpeggios in music

Arpeggio sign

Arpeggio signs are vertical lines that indicate that chords are arpeggiated or arpeggiated. dissolved should be played so that the individual notes in the chord sound one after the other at short intervals. Arpeggio signs are usually represented with wavy lines that resemble trill extension lines.

Arpeggiated chords can be played in two directions:

  • Going up, starting from the lowest note in the chord.

  • Downwards, starting from the top note in the chord.

Dorico Pro offers the following types of arpeggio signs:

Arpeggio up

A vertical wavy line that indicates that chords should be arpeggiated from the lowest note upwards.

Arpeggio down

A vertical wavy line indicating that chords should be arpeggiated from the top note down.

No arpeggio

A square bracket with straight lines that indicates that all notes in the chord should be played at the same time, i.e. not arpeggiated.

Arpeggios pointing upwards are usually displayed without an extension at the top, since chords are usually arpeggiated upwards; downward arpeggios are usually indicated with a down arrow at the bottom. These are also the default settings in Dorico Pro. However, it is also common practice to display upward arpeggios with an up arrow at the top when downward arpeggios are used in the same piece of music.

You can display both upward and downward arpeggios in Dorico Pro with one of three possible endings: