Jazz Guitar – Demonstration of Arpeggios in all Positions

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert guitarist Dan Leonard demonstrates arpeggios in all positions 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 demonstrate one type of arpeggio in all the positions and also demonstrate an exercise that you want to do to practice going from one arpeggio to the other.

    So, first I'm going to go back to the Major seven arpeggio and I'm going to play it in all five positions of the fingerboard. Heres the one that we covered already and based around the E chord form. Here is the E chord form, and based around the D chord form.

    This one starts on the third of the chord on the note B, its a G Major seven but I'm starting from the note B.

    Then, based around the C chord form, I'll start also on the note B but in a new position.

    Then based around the A chord form, starting on the note D, still at G Major seven arpeggio.

    Then based off of the G chord form starting on the note F sharp.

    So, those are all the fingerings for a G Major seven arpeggio, and once you are familiar with those you can then flat the seventh and youll get your dominant sevenths, flat the third from that and youll get your Minor sevens and so on covering all the different types of arpeggios.

    Now to demonstrate something that you might shoot for to put all of this together, once you start working on a jazz tune or a jazz song that has a certain chord progression to it, you can practice arpeggiating all the chords in the song. I'm going to do a quick example, there is a jazz standard called All The Things You Are, and I recommend getting a Fake Book or some, there is or called the Real Book that is a book of Jazz tunes, its really important to learn tunes and apply all of this to tunes, so it's kind of what it's all about.

    So, this is the first part of the chord progression to all the things you are played in arpeggios and I'm just going to play it all in one position, I'm going to do it here, first finger at the eighth fret, and I'll just say the names of the arpeggios as I play them.

    F Minor seven, B flat Minor seven, E flat dominant seven, A flat Major seven, D flat Major seven, G dominant seven, C Major seven.

    So, I was just playing constant eighth notes, one measure of each chord and going up one arpeggio and down in the next, and by picking a certain location on the neck I had to think of which fingering was in that location. Initially, youll probably have to piece this together and go very slowly, but it's a great way to kind of quiz yourself on your knowledge of the arpeggios on the fingerboard, and obviously, it's a practical thing to practice because you can utilize that when you improvise.