- An arpeggio is the notes of a given chord played individually instead of all at once.
- As a result of learning arpeggio shapes, you will know exactly where all the chord tones are on the fretboard, which will lead to stronger, and more melodic solos.
- Practice these through the cycle of fourths.
- Below are some basic arpeggio shapes over a major and minor ii-V-I progression. I will present only a few, but it is important that you eventually learn every arpeggio shape.
Here are the arpeggio shapes for a C major ii-V-I progression. The shapes for D minor 7, G7, and C major 7 are written out.
- When practicing, play the shapes ascending as we as descending.
- Transpose these, and learn them all across the fretboard.
- Next move onto learning these major ii-V-I licks and see if these arpeggio shapes relate.
Here are the arpeggio shapes for a C minor iib5-V-i progression. The shapes for D minor 7 flat 5, G7, and C minor 7 are written out.
- The D minor 7 flat 5 chord is the same as a D minor 7th chord with a flatted 5th. Don't avoid learning the arpeggio shapes for these because they are essential for improvising over a minor iib5-V-i progression.
- Next you should learn these minor ii-V-i licks and see how these arpeggio shapes relate.