Dom7 Arpeggios

How to play Dom7 shaped arpeggios!

You can apply the dom7 arpeggio over the V chord.

Whenever a chord has moved from minor (II, III and VI) into a major chord (IIx, IIIx and VIx) it would be extended to a dom7, rather than maj7.

To put it simply; over any dom7 chord, the dom7 arpeggio will always work.

The dom7 chord shapes also look very similar to the arpeggio shapes so learning all five isn’t actually that difficult, let’s start with the E shape.

The E shaped dom7 arpeggio

The E shaped dom7 arpeggio looks like this as A7 and D7.

A7 arpeggio, E shape

A7 arpeggio E shape

D7 arpeggio, E shape

D7 arpeggio E shape

Practice these shapes as the videos demonstrate. When you can play in A and D, take the exercise through the cycle of 4th, like this: A7 – D7 – G7 – C7 – F7 – Bb7 – Eb7 – Ab7 – Db7 – Gb7 – B7 – E7.

The A shaped dom7 Arpeggio

To learn this arpeggio, use the same system as always: Cycle of 4th.

Another great way to develop that exercise is to change the rhythm, we do this in the Advanced Guitar Course.

To get familiar with the shape, here it is as A7 and D7.

A7 arpeggio, A shape

A7 arpeggio A shape

D7 arpeggio, A shape

D7 arpeggio A shape

The D shaped dom7 arpeggio

The D shape is really easy to remember since it’s so small. Looks like this.

A7 arpeggio, D shape

A7 arpeggio D shape

D7 arpeggio, D shape

D7 arpeggio D shape

Here’s the video lessons, remember to take it around the full cycle, preferably to a metronome. Try different rhythms and aim to play through the full cycle.

When you can do it you’ve reached your goal and can stop practicing the D shape individually like this.

The G shaped dom7 arpeggio

The G shaped dom7 arpeggio might not be the most comfortable to play in its full stretch. Looks like this as A7 and D7.

A7 arpeggio, G shape

A7 arpeggio G shape

D7 arpeggio, G shape

D7 arpeggio G shape

However, in a playing situation you don’t want to play an arpeggio over two octaves in a row any way. When you actually use it in an improvisation or write a melody with it, you’ll just play a few notes from it.

To learn the shape though and be able to pick a fraction, you have to first play the entire G shape, around the cycle of 4th to a click.

The C shaped dom7 arpeggio

The C shape is another easy shape to remember. As always, take the shape through the full cycle of 4th. Looks like this as A7 and D7.

A7 arpeggio, C shape

A7 arpeggio C shape

D7 arpeggio, C shape

D7 arpeggio C shape

Dom7 Arpeggios conclusion

Now that you can play all the dom7 arpeggio shapes, have a look at the similarities between them and these:

  1. Major chord shapes
  2. Dom7 chord shapes
  3. Major Pentatonic
  4. Mixolydian

To put the dom7 arpeggio into practice you need some real examples, you need songs with chords and melodies so you can spot the arpeggios.

You get this when you take the Advanced Guitar Course.