Major Seventh Arpeggios | Guitar Diagrams, Theory and Licks

How Are Built Major seventh arpeggios?

Major 7 arpeggio are made of root (1), major third (3), perfect fifth (5) and major seventh (7). These four tones are from the major scale as shown in the chart below. Major 7 arpeggios are basically used over Major 7 chords.

C major scale C D E F G A B
CM7 arpeggio 1 X 3 X 5 X 7


Major Seventh Guitar Arpeggio Shapes

How To Play Major 7 Arpeggios On Guitar

Here are two main shapes to play major 7 arpeggios on guitar. The first diagram have roots on the sixth, fourth and first string. The second have roots on the fifth, third and first string. Be sure to play these shapes in twelve keys.

Major 7 arpeggio shapes 2

Major 7 Arpeggios Exercises

The four exercises below show how to connect major 7 arpeggios and drop 3 major 7 chords.

Major 7th arpeggio exercise
Major 7th arpeggio exercise 2
Major 7th arpeggio exercise 3
Major 7th arpeggio exercise 4

CM7 Arpeggio Guitar Licks

Here is an easy jazz guitar line using a CM7 arpeggio over CM7.

Major 7th arpeggio jazz guitar lick with tab

Guitar arpeggios | II-V-I sequence

We can see in this basic II-V-I jazz line how to make connections between different types of arpeggios.

  • Ascending D minor 7th arpeggio (two octaves) over the Dm7 chord.
  • Descending G dominant 7th arpeggio starting on the major third (B) over G7.
  • Ascending C major 7th arpeggio (two octaves)  over the CM7 chord.

II-V-I jazz guitar arpeggios licks with tabs

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Last edited: 02/18/2019