How To Learn Jazz Guitar Arpeggios
Arpeggios are an important skill to develop for all jazz guitar players.
They are a foundation of jazz language and being able to navigate different chord changes that pop up in songs. Arpeggios for jazz guitar can also be a real point of frustration as you get going.
It can seem like there's tons you have to do. Because on the surface, you can look and find hundreds of variations on different ways to play arpeggios all over the neck.
And it can seem really, really difficult for you to put any of this to use. All you have to do is go on reddit up and look up jazz guitar arpeggios, and you'll find a laundry list of things you're somehow supposed to get under your fingers.
Because supposedly you have to do X, Y and Z before you're allowed to play jazz guitar.
It really doesn't have to be that bad.
This topic of arpeggios comes up in my jazz guitar lessons all the time, especially when I'm talking to newer or self taught jazz guitar players who've been trying to learn online.
So today, let's look at a different approach to learning your arpeggios and what you can realistically expect from practicing them and just a few different tweaks to make this a little bit more manageable for your practice.
Minor 7b5 arpeggios are an important part of every jazz guitar players tool kit.
These arpeggio shapes let you outline minor 7b5 chords as you improvise and play melodies and and important part of the minor 2 5 1 progression.
Minor 7b5 arpeggios are based off of a minor-type finger pattern, meaning that the shape is related somehow to the minor pentatonic scale.
In fact, the minor 7th arpeggio is only two notes different than your minor pentatonic scale.
Arpeggio patterns are a useful skill for any guitar player.
These patterns help you outline chords in your solos, improve your technical skills, and can help you master the guitar fretboard as you learn them.
Dominant 7th is the full name of a chord quality that you are probably already familiar with, whether you realize it or not.
A G dominant 7th chord symbol would be G7.
Most of us have learned these simply as "7th chords" - I'm going to be a little more specific in this lesson because there are different types of "7th chords" that you might learn later on.
With arpeggio patterns, you are playing the notes from a chord one at a time - almost like a scale pattern.
If you play a G7 arpeggio, you are playing a G7 chord in a way that you can use for playing melodies, riffs, or guitar solos.
These arpeggio patterns will challenge your fingers to move in new ways, adding a new layer to your technical skills and abilities.
By playing these arpeggio patterns from different starting notes on each string, you can play in any key, anywhere on the guitar fretboard.
Dominant 7th arpeggio patterns are found in many musical styles, including jazz, rock, blues, country, and other popular styles. No matter what kind of music you want to play, these arpeggio patterns will come in handy.
Major 7th arpeggios are an important skill for any jazz guitar player to have.
Practicing these arpeggio patterns will help you improve your technique in both hands, develop ideas for improvisation, and learn the notes on the guitar neck.
You are also training your ears and fingers to find notes that are a part of the major 7th chord - so when you see one written on the page (or recognize the sound when you hear it), your fingers know what to do already.
Basic Picking Exercises
Picking is a fundamental skill for anyone who wants to play guitar. Picking is the way we actually get to create sound with our instrument, and an essential component of building good guitar technique.
By developing good picking mechanics, you will set yourself up for success in your guitar playing down the line. The motions used in picking will also apply to strumming down the line.
The basic principles of picking technique will apply whether you are actually using a pick, or playing with your thumb and fingers.
In this lesson, we will cover 4 fundamental picking patterns:
Chromatic Drills For Guitar
Developing control in your fret and picking hands is an important part of playing guitar.
Often it goes overlooked, even though it can become a source for problems in your guitar playing.
Getting your left and right hands to work together can be tricky - but not impossible. There are exercises you can do as a warm up that will help you develop control of your hands and fingers.
With the simple exercise in this lesson, you will be able to develop the control to play the different scales, arpeggios, and patterns that come up in your music.