3 String 7th Arpeggios

Here's a brief tutorial/exercise using 7 arpeggios with a bit of a scale descend. These can be really cool to use when you're writing or improvising solos!

3 String 7th Arpeggios
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I've always found just adding a 7th can spice up any boring arpeggio triad in multiple contexts, whether it be smooth jazz or a heavy metal solo. The chord progression in this exercise is: Am7 G7 Fmaj7 Em7 Dm7 Cmaj7 Bdim7 Cmaj7

You'll notice that I'm ascending up all the arpeggios by playing the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th then descending diatonically. This can add a cool bounce and also an alternative to just playing the ascended notes backwards. You'll also bands like In Flames and Testament will use for example a minor 7 arpeggio to ascend in a big shreddy diatonic descend. There's a very good example of this in the solo of an In Flames. Song called "December Flower." Once you get your head around these try incorporate them into your improvised and written solos. Have fun with it guys!

By Chris Zoupa

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    BlueIceBox
    I've always wondered with arpeggios, be it 7th or arpeggios in general, will they work as scales too, for example rather than playing the arpeggio 'in order' will it still sound 'right' with a progression if you simply play around with the notes?
    mjones1992
    I'm no theory expert, but I'm about 90% sure that they'd work in any order because all of those notes are part of the same scale.
    billytalent77
    Yes, any of these notes in any order will sound good in a progression of that key. There will be "weaker" and "stronger" notes based on the backing chord, but they will all work.
    CageTheGates
    sounds good, i like how the last part of each run has some other scale notes so that its not all arpeggios.
    Vrstone87
    Mirror Mirror from Blind Guardian has another excellent example of this...