Example 1 DOMINANT 7th Arpeggios With Smooth Tra nsitions
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This first example is a good workout that navigates the 12-bar blues form with dominant 7th arpeggio shapes. The idea here is to establish a fretboard roadmap of where all the notes are, and also establish some good points to link the various arpeggios. For this first example the fingering has also been notated (small numbers next to the notation). To keep things simple from a rhythmic standpoint we are using 8th notes (quaver) exclusively. Obviously this is not a fully functioning solo yet, but it demonstrates how effective using arpeggios can be. Once you have mastered this you can use the backing track to improvise, using a mixture of arpeggio ideas and more conventional blues phrases. Check out the transitions between the chords. Some favourites are going from E (3rd of C7) to F (root of F7) and Bb (minor 7th of C7) to A (3rd of F7). You can also use passing notes from outside the tonality. These passing tones add colour and also make the transitions smooth and sophisticated.