PIMAMI Arpeggio Pattern for Classical Guitar

This common pattern is another “combination pattern”.  This means that we combine our primary arpeggios to come up with longer, more complex patterns (like this one!)
You can graduate to this pattern after mastering the primary arpeggio patterns.

We can think of PIMAMI as a combination of 3 different things:

  • an IMA pattern
  • an AMI pattern
  • an alternation (P to I)

You may notice, this is an elaboration of IMAM (aka AMIM), and is also similar to PIMA.

To play PIMAMI:

  1. P plays, alternates with I
  2. I plays, M and A throw
  3. M plays
  4. A plays, M and I throw
  5. M plays
  6. I plays, alternates with P


When first practicing this one, be sure to take your time and articulate each movement as a “snap” (as opposed to drifting from note to note).

Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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