Jazz Guitar – 7th Chord Arpeggios

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert guitarist Dan Leonard breaks down the seventh chord arpeggios on the jazz guitar.

    Dan Leonard

    Guitarist Dan Leonard has been a full time performer and teacher since 1987. He has taught hundreds of students jazz, blues and rock improvisation; from intermediates to working professionals. Over the years he has distilled his approach into the basis for his forthcoming instructional book “Organizing the fretboard for improvisation”. Dan began his career playing in regional rock bands. After studying classical guitar and composition in college he turned his focus to jazz, which is where it has stayed to this day. He is currently guitarist with Blind Pig recording artist Deanna Bogart as well as leader of The Dan Leonard Trio. His first solo recording “Time Alone” was released in 2000 with the follow-up, “The Middle Path” due out in the fall. His many performances include The Vaison Jazz Festival in France, The Monterey Blues Festival and The Clearwater Jazz Festival.

    Dan Leonard: Hi! I'm Dan Leonard and I'm going to be talking about seventh chord arpeggios in this clip.

    Were going to start with the Major Seventh Arpeggio. Now, these arpeggios can also be based around the five chord forms that I mentioned with regard to scales. So based around this E chord form the major seventh arpeggio for G is fingered like this.

    Now, I'll mention at this point that it's -- first of all, good to be aware of what the root, the third, the fifth, the seventh, root, third, fifth, seventh, where the location of those particular chord tones are in the arpeggio and also to know the names of the notes which obviously Ill change from root to root.

    In this case, you have a G B D F sharp and then I repeat G B D F sharp. Its very important to know the notes and all the arpeggios and scales and chords for that matter that you play, theyll give you a much better awareness of what youre doing and how things fit together in terms of improvising jazz.