Just like 7th
chords, 7th arpeggios contain four notes. All
we're doing is adding an extra note to the major and minor triads (3 notes) we
This provides us with a fuller arpeggio sound that can be used to
extend the basic major or minor sounds.
This lesson will add to what we learned in the guitar
(so make sure you're confident with the lessons before this one).
As we're simply adding to the major and minor triad forms we learned in
the other parts, we don't have to learn new arpeggio
fingerings from scratch. We may just have to alter them slightly to
accomodate this new 7th interval.
Before we take a look at some patterns, watch the video below for
an introduction to the basic theory behind distinguishing the different
types of 7th
we can use in our major and minor solos...
So, there are different types of 7th chord and their arpeggio
equivalents use exactly the same intervals/tones. Where there's a chord, there's
Major 7th arpeggio patterns
3rd (3) - 5th
(5) - major
The major 7th tone lies one semitone (one fret) down from the root. So,
wherever our root
note is, we know the major 7th will sit just below it!
7th arpeggios can be played over major 7th chords or regular major
triad chords. For now, just play the arpeggios and get to know
sound they create.
if you want a more interactive (and entertaining!) way to learn
arpeggios across the fretboard, I highly recommend Guitar
Similar concept to above, but this time the flat 7th is built on the minor triad
patterns we learned previously.
Minor 7th arpeggios can therefore be played over minor 7th chords or
used to extend
regular minor triad chords (which don't use the 7th).
you know the main arpeggio patterns, try applying them over the
different 7th chords you come across. Use them as lead-ins to larger
scale phrases. Arpeggios are great for "connecting" lead phrases and
because they only include the main chord intervals, they can help put
any larger phrases and passing tones into context.
don't have to use the 5 and 6 string arp patterns. even just repeating
2 or 3 string arps can give your solos enough flavour. We'll look at
inventive ways to apply arpeggios in your solos in another part. For
now, just work on getting physically comfortable with playing these
patterns in part and full.