Mickylee - jazz guitar expert

7th Arpeggios in One Position on the Guitar

Learn how to play 7th chord arpeggios with your guitar

In this video, Mickylee teaches you how to play 7th chord arpeggios in one position on your guitar.

Released on May 5, 2021

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Video Transcription

Hi, my name is Mickylee, and in this video, I want to show you how to play seventh arpeggios in one position. For our purposes, I'm going to take seventh position and I'm going to play major seventh chord, but you can use this principle on all cords. So basically what I do, I find all the notes of a chord, and then I play it up and down. C major goes like this.

And I do that in all 12 keys. I usually go by the cycle of fifths the other way around. So the next would be F, B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, B, E, A, D, and finally G.

When I practice that, I usually play 13 cord qualities. I'm going to play all of them for you from the note C. So C major we already had. I can repeat it. Then C minor major seven, C seven, C minor seven, C half diminished, C diminished, C major seven sharp five, C major seven flat five, C seven sharp five, C seven flat five, C sus four, C six, and finally C minor six.

You don't always have to play these arpeggios in same order. So one, three, five, seven, one, three, five, seven and so on. You can change the order as you wish. There are 24 possible permutations. I'm going to play some of them, not all, but let's take for example, instead of one, three, five, seven, let's take one, three seven, five, and see how that sounds like.

Or maybe one five, three, seven. That's very interesting sound. Or maybe three, five, one, seven. Or maybe seven, one, five, three. You get the idea.

When you start playing the notes in random octaves, you get even more variability. So you could play, for example, one, three, five, seven, but like this. One, three, five, seven, instead of ... you can play ... or let's say five, seven, three, one. Five ... five, seven, three, one. You should really explore this and see what possibilities you have. Maybe you'll come up with something unique, and that can become a part of your playing style. So that will be all from me for now. Thank you very much for watching and see you next time, bye.
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