I think this is great advice. I've been playing only a few months and i am partial to a bit of fingerpicking. When working out a song I try to listen to the original recording as little as possible - just enough to get the chord structure - and I never play along. I'm learning my own version, not how to play the original. I just improvise an arpeggio over the basic chords.
(I also have to transpose virtually everything into the key of C or thereabouts because my singing is so poor and my vocal range so narrow.)
OK, nobody's going to mistake me for a professional musician, but so what? I'm a truck driver and I play for my own amusement. The main thing is to enjoy it. If you do that, then yo uwill practice more and your playing will improve QED. <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif" border=0 alt="Smile">
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After fourty years on the guitar, I can say that Arpeggios are something that come outa your own heart. Sounds too philosophical, I know, but the "book" will teach you ONE way, and your fingers will teach you another.
Being distinctively different is what gets attention. Not being a carbon copy.
Don't worry so much about getting Arpeggios right "according to the book" (unless you are getting graded on them), but find your own pattern that fits YOU well, and develop the song(s) your doing, around YOUR style of play.