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In this video, I show how to play extended arpeggios on major 7th chords.
for those unfamiliar with extended arpeggios, they are a continuation of the arpeggios past the 7th. These are called the upper structure notes or “extensions”. These extensions add different flavour to chords and are useful when attempting melodic passages. They are widely used in jazz.
Because bass players love playing in E minor/G major, I’ve put this lesson beginning in G major. The arpeggio includes these notes:
G B D F# A C# E
The C# is not derived from the G Ionian (Major) scale, but C is sharpened to prevent the clashing of the 3rd and the 4th (minor 2nd, ugh…) You will notice that there is a pattern of alternating Major and Minor 3rds. This may help you memorize it easily. The inversions to which I’m referring in this video are simply other 4 note arpeggios found within this extended arpeggio simply by beginning on a different chord tone.
I’ve provided you with a couple of my own exercises. These will build dexterity and fretboard familiarity.
The subtitles should explain what I’m doing, if you’re still stuck, don’t hesitate to ask.