jazz guitar arpeggios
Wes Montgomery was an american guitar jazz player, considered as one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time. He has influenced and influence again a lot of jazz guitarists. His playing is characterized by the use of his thumb instead of a pick with incredible dexterity. His guitar solos are gold mines for jazz guitar students.
He often approached his guitar solos by following the same chords progression in three ways and in the same order:
- In single note lines using arpeggios, scales and modes.
- By playing octaves.
- By playing block chords.
Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L-5 CES plugged most of the time into Fender amps (super reverb, twin reverb, deluxe). He also played on Gibson L-7, Gibson L-4, Es-175, ES-125D.
You will find in this free jazz guitar lesson 10 easy dominant 7th jazz guitar licks with tabs transcribed from "West coast blues". They are all in the key of Bb and time signature is 3/4.
The minor II-V-I chord progression is widely used in jazz music, it's a very important sequence to know for any jazz guitar player 'cause it's present in many jazz standards. How to play over this chord progression ? Which scales to use ? Which notes to play ? There is a lot of ways. In the following lick we will use the Locrian mode (seventh mode of the major scale) to play over the Dm7b5 chord and a B diminished 7th arpeggio over the G7b9 chord. Please notice that the minor II-V-I chord progression is Dm7b5 | G7b9 | Cm (Maj7) | % |
An arpeggio is a chord whose notes are played one at a time, it is a chord played like a scale. Arpeggios are quite easy to learn and mostly played in jazz and western music. It helps you to create fluid and clear lines over specific chords. Any jazz guitarist have to master this technique. Now it's time to take stock of the main arpeggios guitar positions and make the difference between them.
Here are the five main arpeggios with guitar fretboard diagrams and fingerings.
Here is a free lesson about a II | V jazz guitar line using a D minor seventh arpeggio and a G dominant 7th arpeggio.
- Bar 1 : Starting on the root (D) of the D dorian mode. After that you have to play : the b3 (F), the fifth (A), root again (D), b3 again (F), 9 (E), D again, b7 (C), once again the fifth (A) and a passing tone (A#). We can see that these notes are actually a D minor ninth arpeggio.
- Bar 2 : This measure contains notes from the G dominant 7th arpeggio (G-B-D-F) with a passing tone (b3) (A#) before playing the major third (B). Ending on the root (G).
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Hi, There is a new page in the arpeggios menu. It's about dominant 7th arpeggios with guitar diagrams, patterns and chords charts.
The dominant 7th arpeggio is one of the most played in jazz music. You have play it over dominant 7th chords. It sounds good too over a minor seventh chord starting on the fourth, this part will be developped later in an other lesson. Let's go back to the dominant 7th chord.
The dominant 7th chord has a very important fonction in jazz music so the dominant 7th arpeggio is important too, it's a must know for any jazz guitarist, it is present in many chord progressions. That's why you need to master this arpeggio so, you will find an easy jazz line (over a II-V progression) using a G7 arpeggio and all the basics patterns, diagrams and fingerings about it in this free lesson.