Example 3 Minor 7th Arpeggios With Smooth Tra nsitions
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Now we switch our attention to the minor blues using the same process as we did for the dominant (major) blues. This example again uses simple quaver rhythms to establish a fretboard roadmap from which we can start to improvise. The minor blues form we are going to use is classic BB King style progression in which the V chord is a 7#9 that is proceeded by a major 7 chord a semitone above. We can add the D into our Am7 arpeggio as a colour tone and this gives us A minor pentatonic. Adding intervals to our standard minor 7 arpeggios can provide some very musical results. Guitar players like Robben Ford often treat the minor 7 chord arpeggio as home base and then add in the 9th, 11th and 13th as target tones. A light palm mute adds in some rhythmic definition and also helps with dynamic variation. Try the following example, but stick to the alternate picking regime and start at a slow tempo to facilitate accuracy and the natural build- up to speed.