5 Easy Jazz Blues Arpeggio Studies For Guitar

This lesson contains five free guitar studies for beginners that outline the use of arpeggios over a Bb jazz blues progression. There are different kinds of jazz blues progressions. The one that is used in this eBook is built with a secondary dominant (VI7), a passing diminished (#IVdim7) and a turnaround (I7, VI7, iim7, V7). 

Bb7

Eb7

Bb7

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I7

IV7

I7

I7

Eb7

Edim7

Bb7

G7(b9)

IV7

#IVdim7

I7

VI7

Cm7

F7

Bb7        G7 (b9)

Cm7           F7

iim7

V7

I7              VI7

iim7            V7

 

 

How to Use Arpeggios Over A Jazz Blues Progression?

There are many ways of using arpeggios over a jazz blues chord changes. This lessons focuses on the basics, that is to say that we will be playing :

  • Diminished triads over the VI7b9 chord.
  • Major triads over the I7 chord.
  • Minor triads over the iim7 chord.
  • Dominant (7, 9, 13) arpeggios over the dominant chords (I7, IV7 and V7).
  • Minor arpeggios (m7 and m9) over the minor chord (iim7).
  • Diminished arpeggios over the diminished chord (#IVdim7) and the dominant flat 9 chord (VI7).

Major triad

1                     

3

5

 

 

 

 

Minor triad         

1

b3

5

 

 

 

 

Diminished triad

1

b3

b5

 

 

 

 

Major 7 arpeggio

1

3

5

7

 

 

 

Dominant 7 arpeggio

1

3

5

b7

 

 

 

Minor 7 arpeggio

1

b3

5

b7

 

 

 

Diminished 7 arpeggio

1

b3

b5

bb7

 

 

 

Minor 9 arpeggio

1

b3

5

b7

9

 

 

Dominant 9 arpeggio

1

3

5

b7

9

 

 

Dominant 13 arpeggio

1

3

5

b7

9

11

13

Practice Tips

  • Start at a slow tempo and practice with a metronome as you increase the speed over time.
  • Sing the root for each chord as you play through the progression.
  • Memorize the study, taking the music off the page and into your ears.
  • Play each study in different keys.

Jazz Blues Arpeggio Study - Part 1

Jazz Blues Arpeggio Study - Part 2

Jazz Blues Arpeggio Study - Part 3

Jazz Blues Arpeggio Study - Part 4

Jazz Blues Arpeggio Study - Part 5

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