Min7 Alternate Picking Shapes

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Last time I showed you how a Cmaj7 arpeggio could be arranged into useful picking patterns. Now, staying in the key of C major/A minor, we will be moving on to the Amin7 arpeggio. The notes and intervals contained in the following two picking shapes make up the arpeggio:
A C  E   G
R m3 5th b7
A root, minor 3rd, 5th and flat 7 makes up a minor 7 chord/arpeggio.

Shape 1

Shape 2

Here's a bonus - because Dmin7 and Emin7 chords are both in the key of C major/A minor, you can play the exact same patterns for those arpeggios as well. This fact makes the arpeggio picking shapes extra useful.

Here is a descending run which I created by blending the Dmin7 and the Emin7 shapes together:

To hear these shapes in action (+ some bonus music theory) check out the video I made for this lesson:

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By Alfred Potter www.AlfredPotter.com

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    These scales are lovely. In the context of my own personal music collection and tastes, these kinds of scales rarely come up. Bizarrely, the first thing i thought of when i heard them was a Commodore 64 computer game from the 1980s, called Wizzball ! Somehow, it seems that these kinds of scales would fit in well with a lot of C64 SiD Chip compositions from that era. Really nice, almost 'outer-space' sound to them. I'll practice at these, should i have the ability to play them well ( not sure i actually DO. ). But love them all the same !
    Thanks for the comment! I think that guitarists typically don't play through arpeggio "scale shapes" like this and others. And so because it's unusual it immediately draws attention. Maybe the old 80s stuff was done on keyboards where that style of playing may be more common? Lol especially back then. Keyboard solos!