Maj7 Arpeggios

Learn how to play all maj7 Arpeggio shapes!

Below you’ll find video lessons demonstrating how to play all maj7 arpeggio shapes. You can use this arpeggio whenever you play over chord I or IV.

Even though it’s rare, the maj7 chord does sometimes appear in other places than over chord I and IV, should this be the case you could then apply the maj7 arpeggio. In fact, whenever there is a maj7 chord, the maj7 arpeggio will work.

In order to use the maj7 arpeggio as you solo or write it is essential that you learn it in all shapes, first up is the E shape.


The E shape

To learn this arpeggio you need to compare it to the E shaped maj7 chord.

To build the arpeggio, simply ensure all notes from the chord appear in consecutive order. That means play: R 3 5 7 R 3 5 7 etc until you covered all intervals you can reach in this area of the neck.

Looks like this as a Chordacus shape.

Amaj7 arpeggio E shape

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Dmaj7 arpeggio E shape

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Play through this in A and D as the images and video lessons demonstrate but don’t stop there. For complete control you simply must run the exercise all the way through¬†the cycle of 4th, like this: A – D – G – C – F – Bb – Eb – Ab – Db – Gb – B – E.


The A shape

This shape is slightly more awkward to phrase with compared with the E shape. Looks like this as a chordacus images.

Amaj7 arpeggio A shape

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Dmaj7 arpeggio A shape

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First learn the shape in A and D, then take it around the cycle of 4th.


The D shape

As the D shape is so small and looks so similar to the D shaped maj7 chord, this arpeggio doesn’t take long to get used to. Looks like this in A and D.

Amaj7 arpeggio D shape

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Dmaj7 arpeggio D shape

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As always, take it around the full cycle of 4th before you stop practising the D shape.

To broaden your pallet, mix the Dmaj7 arpeggio shape with the D shaped Major Pentatonic, Ionian and Lydian scale shapes.


The G shape

Only two more shapes to learn before you covered the entire fret board.

The G shaped maj7 arpeggio look like this.

Amaj7 arpeggio G shape

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Dmaj7 arpeggio G shape

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Start slowly, take it around the full cycle before you move on to the last shape.


The C shape

The C shape is very useful, it fits so well under your fingers. Many classic licks are composed using this shape.

Looks like this as a Chordacus image.

Amaj7 arpeggio C shape

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Dmaj7 arpeggio C shape

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Here are the final two video lessons, remember to go all the way around the cycle before you stop practising the Cmaj7 shaped arpeggio.


Summary

That was all the shapes of a maj7 arpeggio. The only way to master these shapes is to be able to play them in any key, anywhere on the neck.

Simply practise each shape around the cycle of 4th before you start connecting them (this is done at master arpeggios).

Off course, in a musical situation, you never play any of these shapes just up and down, you only do this to memorise them.

To learn more about how to actually use the maj7 arpeggio, look to the advanced course.

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