TeCh­nique Fo­Cus

Us­ing 7th arpeg­gios

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: SWEEP PICKING -

With the ex­cep­tion of the Dim7, 7th arpeg­gios tend not to be as com­mon as tri­ads when sweep pick­ing. The rea­son for this is prob­a­bly due to their in­ter­val struc­ture – tri­ads al­low for con­ve­nient one-note-per-string shapes, while the tone or semi­tone be­tween the 7th and root note means we usu­ally have to use some le­gato mid-sweep. I’ve cho­sen to in­clude four arpeg­gio shapes in the col­umn – one for each in­ver­sion of a 7th chord - but there are many other shapes and vari­a­tions you could use to play the same notes. I’d rec­om­mend find­ing the shapes that work best for you (th­ese may be dif­fer­ent in dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions).

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