Descending 7ths arpeggio lick
this month’s idea is a series of descending ‘rootless’ 7th arpeggios in C major (Cmaj7-Bm7 5-am7-G7-Fmaj7-em7-dm7-Cmaj7). the phrasing is based on a repeating‘ motif ’; the first note of each triad arpeggio is always played twice, with the first note being slightly ‘cut off’ or ‘staccato’. this sort of phrasing is not particularly ‘guitaristic’ – but it works great! technically,
you need to attend to the cut-off notes and also aim to play it as smoothly as possible. also, notice that i have maintained a consistent fretting-hand fingering throughout. this is my personal preference so feel
fingering method suit you better. after playing through it try to come up with variations of your own and also listen out for other phrasing ideas played on a variety of instruments – piano, saxophone, violin and even vocals are all great places to start.