Dominant 7th Arpeggios | Guitar Lesson with Patterns and Shapes
What Are Dominant Seventh Arpeggios?
Dominant seventh arpeggios are made of four tones that are : Root (1), major third (3), fifth (5) and minor seventh (b7). They can be seen as dominant 7 chords whose notes are played one after the other. They are nice devices to create fluid and clear lines over dominant chords.
You see in the chart that the G7 chord has the same notes as the G7 arpeggio. It contains a root (1) (G), a major third (3) (B), a perfect fifth (D) (5) and a minor seventh (F) (b7).
How to Use a Dominant Seventh Arpeggio?
The basic use of an arpeggio is to play it over its corresponding chord. Let's take an example with a C major II-V-I sequence : The chord progression will be Dm7 | G7 | CM7 | % |. That means that we will be playing a D minor 7th arpeggio over the Dm7 chord, a G dominant 7th arpeggio over the G7 chord and a C major seventh arpeggio over the CM7.
Dominant Seventh Arpeggio Guitar Diagrams
How To Play Dominant 7 Arpeggios on Guitar?
Here are four basic dominant seventh arpeggio patterns. The notes of each shape are spread out over one octave. If you play dominant seventh arpeggios for the first time, it is highly recommended to play them by starting on the root (R) in order to hear them correctly.
Dominant 7 Arpeggios - Two Octave Shapes
The next two diagrams show how you can play dominant 7 arpeggios in position within the space of two octaves.
Once you are comfortable with the one octave shapes previously seen, you can try to play these shapes starting from the third, the fifth and the seventh. Of course, there are many other possibilities of fingerings, try your own.
Playing the corresponding chord after or before these arpeggios is a good way to bring them together.
II-V Progression and Dominant 7th Arpeggio
Here is a short II | V jazz guitar line using a G dominant 7th arpeggio.
- Measure 1 : D Dorian mode starting on the root with a passing tone (A#) between the fifth of Dm7 (A) and the major third of G7 (B).
- Measure 2 : G dominant 7th arpeggio starting on the major third (B) with another passing tone (A#) to approach the major third.
This printable PDF eBook provides 101 dominant arpeggio exercises with tab, theory and standard notation for the jazz, blues and rock guitarist.
Printable PDF eBook containing 40 major jazz guitar licks with tab, standard notation and audio files for beginners and intermediates.
This downloadable eBook in PDF format provides 49 jazz solo transcriptions of the greatest jazz musicians of all times with TABS, standard notation and analysis both for guitar teachers and students.
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.
This method is a printable PDF eBook containing 20 II-V-I jazz guitar lines with tabs and audio files both in major and minor keys
Jazz guitar comping. How to play II-V-I chord progressions on guitar with drop 2, drop 3 chords, rootless and inverted voicings. This method is a printable PDF eBook containing 50 exercises with analysis, tabs & standard notation.
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 and scale charts.
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 contains 25 dominant diminished jazz guitar patterns using the half-whole diminished scale and diminished 7th arpeggios.
The tritone substitution is explained through 6 jazz guitar licks with tabs/notation, youtube video links. Printable PDF eBook.
This printable PDF eBook file contains 5 jazz blues studies using only arpeggios.
Last edited: 02/18/2019