How to Play Jazz Guitar Arpeggios
Jazz guitar arpeggios are an important resource for guitarists of any skill level, background or experience level, as they are the most direct way to outline a chord progression in your single-note soloing lines.
Not only will a solid knowledge of jazz guitar arpeggios allow you to improvise over every chord change, but they will also open up your neck and make it easy for you to visualize notes, chords and changes over the entire fretboard.
Arpeggios are basically the notes of a given chord, but instead of being plucked or strummed all at the same time, we simply play each note, one at a time, in order from the lowest to the highest.
So in this case, we play the Root, then the 3rd, then 5th and finally the 7th of each chord.
If we want to play a longer jazz guitar arpeggio, we just start on the next highest root and repeat the process.
There are a number of different fingerings for any jazz guitar arpeggios, and in the examples below I have included 3 different lengths, one, two and three octave, as well as three different positions, starting on the index finger, middle finger and pinky finger of the fretting hand.
Jazz Guitar Arpeggios – Fingerings
- Major 7th Arpeggios
- Dominant 7th Arpeggios
- Minor 7th Arpeggios
- Half Diminished Arpeggios
- Diminished Arpeggio
- Minor Major 7th Arpeggios
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