Arpeggio Essentials

  • An arpeggio is the notes of a given chord played individually.
  • 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.

Major ii-V-I

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 well as descending.
  • Be sure to transpose these so you can play them in every key.
Major 7 Arpeggios

Minor ii-V-i

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.
Minor Arpeggios