How To Connect Dominant 7th Arpeggios In Blues
- By Stef Ramin
- On 12/13/2016
- 0 comments
Mastering arpeggios is inevitable for anyone who wants to improve its sense of improvisation and bring more musicality to its playing. Practicing and mastering them is a necessity for all jazz guitarists, arpeggios are great tools to improvise over chord changes and jazz standards.
What's An Arpeggio ?
An arpeggio is a chord whose notes are played one by one, it is a chord played like a scale.
Why Playing Arpeggios ?
Playing them in your guitar solo will outline the harmony of the tune. It will give your improvisation a sense of direction, making your jazz lines more beautiful, more melodic, more interesting to listen to.
How To Use Arpeggios ?
The first rule is to play the arpeggio corresponding to a chord. For example, playing a D minor seventh arpeggio over a Dm7 chord or a G dominant 7th arpeggio over a G7 chord.
You can also use them to add color to your solos by using arpeggio substitutions and superimpositions (playing an arpeggio different from the chord). For example, a Bm7b5 arpeggio over a G7 chord. This way you will highlight the 9th of G7. There are many possibilities.
Dominant 7th arpeggios
This lesson is an example of how you can use and play arpeggios in blues. We consider a standard dominant Blues in C. The chords in the simplest form of a dominant Blues in C are C7, F7, and G7.
To spice up this basic 12-bars blues progression we will add two dominant 9th chords which are C9 and F9 chords in bars 4 and 11. Most beginning guitar players when faced with soloing over blues chord progression usually use the familiar minor pentatonic scale with the blue note added (b5). That's a good choice, but it sounds too "bluesy", don't outline the harmony and can be rather limited at the long run.
In this context, we will use three dominant 7th arpeggios corresponding to three main chords of the blues namely C7, F7 and G7. Remember that Dominant seventh arpeggios are built with :
- Root (1)
- Major third (3)
- Fifth (5)
- Minor seventh (b7)
Connecting arpeggios in blues - How to Create Fluid lines
How To Connect Dominant 7th Arpeggios ?
When you want to play fluid and melodic lines using arpeggios, it is important to connect them. The distance between the connected notes should not be higher than 2 semitones.
Example with the bars 1 & 2 of the C blues below. We will play two dominant 7th arpeggios, respectively C7 and F7. They are connected by the third (E) of the C dominant 7th arpeggio and the tonic (F) of F dominant 7th arpeggio.
The distance between E & F is 1 semitone, the process of linking two notes close to each other produce a fluid sequence.
Another example, in bars 4 & 5. The minor seventh (Bb) of C7 is connected to the fifth (C) of F7. Once again Bb and C are separated by 2 semitones. You can also connect notes using a semitone, this is the case between Eb and E in bars 6 & 7, respectively minor seventh of F7 and third of C7.
This pdf method for guitar contains 40 II V I jazz guitar lines with tab, standard notation, analysis, scale charts and audio files.
This guitar method is a printable PDF eBook containing 50 exercises with audio files, analysis, tab & standard notation.
This PDF method contains 40 exercices with tabs, scores and audio files for practicing jazz guitar chords over the minor 2 5 1 progression.
This guitar method is a printable PDF with tabs, diagrams, theory and audio files providing 40 minor II V I jazz licks.
This package contains 3 PDF methods for jazz guitarists with tabs, audio files, analysis about the II V I progression.
This package contains a guitar method available as a PDF with tabs, audio files and theory providing 40 dominant jazz guitar lines for teachers and students.
This printable guitar method in PDF format contains 40 easy minor jazz guitar lines based on the Dorian mode.
Printable PDF eBook method containing 40 major jazz guitar licks with tab, standard notation and audio files for beginners and intermediates.
This package contains 120 jazz guitar lines based on diatonic modes as Mixolydian, Dorian and Ionian. PDF format with tabs, audio files and analysis.
This jazz guitar method about walking bass lines and chords is available as a PDF files containing 35 exercises with tabs, analysis and audio files
This printable PDF method provides 101 dominant arpeggio exercises with tab, theory and standard notation for the jazz, blues and rock guitarist.
This printable eBook method in PDF format provides 49 jazz solo transcriptions of the greatest jazz musicians of all times with TABS, standard notation, audio files and analysis both for guitar teachers and students.
This PDF method contains 11 guitar lessons with chord studies, tabs, standard notation, analysis & audio files about the main blues progressions used in jazz music.
This PDF eBook method contains 25 altered jazz guitar licks with tabs, patterns, scale charts and audio files to master, apply and develop the altered scale.
This printable method is available as a PDF file containing 40 easy dominant jazz-blues guitar lines with tabs, standard notation, analysis, audio files and scale charts.
This jazz guitar method is an eBook available as a PDF with standard notation, guitar tabs, diagrams, analysis, audio files and backing tracks. You will find in this booklet 25 easy jazz guitar lines with theory using common and rare pentatonic scales.
You will find here an eBook available in PDF containing 25 soul jazz and hard bop guitar licks in the style of Grant Green, Melvin Sparks, George Benson. These jazz lines come with tabs, standard notation, guitar neck diagrams, backing track for practice and 25 audio files for each riff.
This eBook PDF with audio files contains 25 dominant diminished jazz guitar patterns using the half-whole diminished scale and diminished 7th arpeggios.
This Printable PDF eBook available for free download contains 6 easy jazz guitar licks with tabs/notation, youtube video link and analysis about the tritone substitution.