Dominant 11 Arpeggios - Lesson With Diagrams

What's a Dominant Eleventh Arpeggio

Dominant eleventh arpeggios are built with six notes namely root (1), major third (3), perfect fifth (5), minor seventh (b7), ninth (9) and eleventh (11). These are dominant tetrads with two supplementary notes (9 and 11) giving an extended dom7 arpeggio. You can play them over any non-altered dominant chord.

Dominant 11th Arpeggio 1 3 5 b7 9 11
G11 Arpeggio G B D F A C

 

Diatonic Superimposed Arpeggios 

This musical concept consists in superimposing two or more diatonic arpeggios in order to create upper extensions to your jazz lines. As you see below, dominant 11 arpeggio contains two other arpeggios. A major 7 arpeggio (starting on the b3) and a minor 7 arpeggio (starting on the 5). So, you can think a Gm11 arpeggio as a dominant 7 arpeggio plus a major 7 arpeggio and a min7 arpeggio.

 

Dominant 11 arpeggio superimposition

 

Dominant 11 Arpeggio Shapes

The three diagrams below show how to play dominant 11 arpeggios on guitar starting on the sixth, fifth and fourth string.

Dominant 11 arpeggios

Related Chords

Dominant 11 arpeggios contain the same notes as dominant 11 chords. Here are some diagrams :

 

Dominant 11 chords

 

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Last edited: 24/10/2018