Cmaj7 Alternate Picking Shapes

Here I have arranged the notes of a Cmaj7 chord into some seriously handy scale-like shapes. Pick through these, work them into your own soloing and get ready to jam with a whole new sound.

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While using every note in any given scale is surely effective, by choosing and limiting which notes you play you can discover a whole new realm of sounds, licks and opportunities.

And so the idea I present today is how you can arrange the notes of a Cmaj7 chord/arpeggio (B, C, E & G) into playable scale-like shapes.

Use the following shapes in the key of C major (aka A minor):

Shape 1

Shape 2

Shape 3

Work these ideas into your own style. Blend them with your current favourite licks. Enjoy utilising the fresh sound that is the major 7 arpeggio.

To see and hear these shapes in action (+ a music theory breakdown) check out my video lesson below!

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By Alfred Potter

19 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Very useful lesson. If i may make a suggestion it would be to make a series out of this; with the basic minor, major and other patterns.
    I love the suggestion! I will get right onto it. Thinking I'll start with min7 next and carry on from there =)
    Gotta love Maj7 arpeggios. So pretty. Awesome, extremely useful lesson!
    Hadn't originally considered making a lesson but yes they are so pretty! Had to share them.
    very nice!!
    My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do...
    great lesson! I agree with the other dudes here. more lessons using other arpegios would be awesome. thanks.
    I love just playing around with this arpeggio. I expected this to just be another shredding video but I loved that it wasn't! Please make more like this!
    Me too! Yes no worries man I have finished prepping the next video, now I just have to edit it all together and put it on YouTube =)
    Nice lesson Alfred! The inclusion of the video detailing how these shapes should sound is most helpful for me. Thanks for including a video that is consise and not longer than it needs to be. Very effective format.
    I'm so glad you noticed that. I always strive to make my videos as succinct as possible. Straight to the point with no nonsense! =D