De­scend­ing 7ths arpeg­gio lick

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

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.

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