Jazz Guitar Toolbox 3.1 - Basic Jazz Arpeggios

Jazz Guitar Toolbox 3.1 - Basic Jazz Arpeggios

Welcome back to Jazz Guitar Toolbox, where we cover essential skills that every jazz guitarist should know. This lesson is all about a crucial tool for improvisation: arpeggios!

In jazz guitar, an arpeggio is when you play the tones of a chord in order as single notes. They can be used during solos to outline the notes of a chord.

This will give your solos a clarity and direction that's just not possible by only using scales

In this lesson, we'll cover arpeggio shapes for the six chord qualities that we learned in Jazz Guitar Toolbox 2.1 - Twelve Essential Chords.

This includes:

  • major 7
  • dominant 7
  • 6
  • minor 7
  • minor 7 flat 5
  • diminished 7

As with the previous lessons, all the examples are written starting from C, but since they have no open strings they are easily moveable.

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Major 7 

Chord Formula: 1 3 5 7

Sixth String Root:

cma7-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

cma7-r5-arpeggio

Dominant 7

Chord Formula: 1 3 5 b7

Sixth String Root:

cdom7-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

cdom7-r5-arpeggio

6

Chord Formula: 1 3 5 6

Sixth String Root:

c6-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

c6-r5-arpeggio

Minor 7

Chord Formula: 1 b3 5 b7

Sixth String Root:

cmin7-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

cmin7-r5-arpeggio-1

Minor 7 Flat 5

Chord Formula: 1 b3 b5 b7

Sixth String Root:

cmin7b5-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

cmin7b5-r5-arpeggio

Diminished 7

Chord Formula: 1 b3 b5 bb7

Sixth String Root:

cdim7-r6-arpeggio

Fifth String Root:

cdim7-r5-arpeggio

Download your "Jazz Guitar Toolbox 3.1 - Basic Jazz Arpeggios" PDF

As always, thanks for reading and I'll see you in the next instalment of Jazz Guitar Toolbox 🙂


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