4-note Arpeggios

  • These arpeggios have 4 notes per octave: ROOT, 3rd, 5th, 7th. They sound more colourful (due to the 7th) than the basic 3 note arpeggios.



  • Knowing these arpeggios will allow you to locate the root, 3, 5 and 7 of any chord you may be playing. This can be used for lead in a concept called "Chord Tone Targeting", in order to start or finish lines from strong tones.



  • These basic arpeggio shapes may also be used in lead to play an ascending or descending sequence. Because there are now 4 notes per octave, it is almost like a pentatonic scale. You will be able to add lots of colour to your solos with these arpeggios.



  • Another very cool concept is playing arpeggios modally. You can play every arpeggio in any related modal key. For example I can play a C Major 7 arpeggio obviously over C Ionian, but ALSO over D Dorian, E Phrygian, F Lydian, G Mixolydian, A Aeolian or B Locrian. Over each one of these scales, the C Major 7 arpeggio will produce a different set of extensions. Experiment, and remember you can play any arpeggio you learned over the related modal keys.



  • Here is a C Major 7 arpeggio. It works over C Major chords. It has the ROOT, major 3rd, 5th and major 7th steps in every octave. The roots are the red notes.
    C Major 7th Arpeggio

  • And Here is the C Major 7th Arpeggio overlaid on top of the C Major scale. This will tie in the arpeggio with the scale - so that you know where to continue playing, after you played something from the arpeggio. The grey notes show the remaining notes in the C Major scale (2nd, 4th, 6th). These remaining notes are not very strong sounding compared to the arpeggio tones, but can still be used for targeting, based on the situation. You have to experiment with it and let your ears be the judge.

    C Major 7 Arpeggio overlayed on top of the C major scale



  • Here is a C Minor 7 arpeggio. It works over a C Minor chords. It has the ROOT, minor 3rd, 5th and minor 7th steps in every octave. The roots are the red notes.
    C Minor 7th Arpeggio.gif

  • You will most likely be using this arpeggio over a minor progression in improvisation together with C Dorian or Aeolian mode. Here it is overlayed on top of the C Dorian mode.
    C Minor 7 Arpeggio overlaid on top of the C Dorian mode





  • Here is a C Dominant 7th arpeggio. It works over C dominant 7th chords. It has the ROOT, major 3rd, 5th and minor 7th steps in every octave. The roots are the red notes.
    C Dominant 7th arpeggio

  • You will most likely be using this arpeggio on top of 7th chords in improvisation together with C Mixolydian or C altered scales. Here it is overlayed on top of the C Mixolydian mode.
    C Dominant 7 Arpeggio overlaid on top of C Mixolydian





  • Here is a C Minor 7 flat 5 arpeggio. It works over C minor 7 flat 5 chord. It has the ROOT, minor 3rd, flat 5th and minor 7th steps in every octave. The roots are the red notes.
    C Minor 7 flat 5 arpeggio

  • You will most likely be using this arpeggio on top of Minor 7 flat 5 chords in improvisation together with C Locrian mode. Here it is overlayed on top of C Locrian.
    C Minor 7 flat 5 arpeggio overlaid on top of the C Locrian mode.





  • Here is a C Minor/Major 7 arpeggio. It works over a C Minor/Maj 7 chord. It has the ROOT, minor 3rd, 5th and major 7th steps in every octave. The roots are the red notes.
    C Min Maj 7 Arpeggio.gif

  • You will most likely be using this arpeggio on top of Minor/Major 7 chords in improvisation together with C melodic minor scale. Here it is overlayed on top of C melodic minor.
    C Min Maj 7 Arpeggio with scale.gif










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