How to play Min7 Arpeggios!
The easiest arpeggio to learn is the min7 arpeggio. This is because it is almost identical to the minor pentatonic scale shape.
All arpeggio shapes are learned just like you learned chords, the pentatonic scales and the modes.
To be successful you must start slowly, work your way through all shapes, then connect them.
As you practice the five shapes below, look for connections between: Chord – Minor Pentatonic – Arpeggio.
The Em shaped min7 Arpeggio
The Em shaped min7 arpeggio looks very similar to the Em shaped Minor Pentatonic.
Make sure you can see the connection and know where all intervals are located.
Am7 arpeggio, Em shape
Dm7 arpeggio, Em shape
When you can play the arpeggio shape in Am and Dm, keep going through the cycle of 4th until you played through all keys, like this:
Am7 – Dm7 – Gm7 – Cm7 – Fm7 – Bbm7 – Ebm7 – Abm7 – Dbm7 – Gbm7 – Bm7 – Em7.
To vary the exercise, play the arpeggio shape using different rhythms compared with what I do in the video lesson.
The Am shaped min7 arpeggio
This shape is really easy to remember.
Learn it in all twelve keys before you move on. Here’s Am7 and Dm7.
Am7 arpeggio, Am shape
Dm7 arpeggio, Am shape
The more you practiced your minor pentatonic, the easier the process of learning the min7 arpeggios is.
If you practice both the Minor Pentatonic and the min7 arpeggio in the same session you’ll automatically identify all the 4th intervals in every single shape.
The Dm shaped min7 arpeggio
Can you see how this shape is also like the minor pentatonic, without the 4th?
Am7 arpeggio, Dm shape
Dm7 arpeggio, Dm shape
When the Am7 and Dm7 arpeggios are OK, continue around the cycle of 4th, just like you have with all previous shapes.
Vary the rhythm of the exercise for maximum effect.
The Gm shaped min7 arpeggio
The Gm shaped min7 arpeggio is almost identical to the Gm shaped Minor Pentatonic. You guessed it, it’s only the 4th interval that’s missing.
Am7 arpeggio, Gm shape
Dm7 arpeggio, Gm shape
Think about how this can work in your advantage when you solo with the minor pentatonic.
If you can sort your note choices out to this detail, improvising is easy.
The Cm shaped min7 arpeggio
The Cm shape might be the most difficult to solo with due to its stretchy layout, compare with Cm shaped minor pentatonic.
As you practice the Cm7 shaped arpeggio, call out the intervals, this will strengthen the connection between: sound – interval – fingering.
Here’s what they look like in Chordacus and below that you find the video lessons of this final shape.
Am7 arpeggio, Cm shape
Dm7 arpeggio, Cm shape
Conclusion Min7 Arpeggios
That was all the min7 arpeggios, easy to learn as there was only one notes difference between the arpeggio and the minor pentatonic.
As you practiced these shapes and identified where the 4th was missing you really hammered home the 4th interval, which is a bit ironic as it’s the only note you didn’t play!
When learning the guitar fret board, you should always strive towards this goal of knowing exactly where every single interval is located.
Using this frame work of pentatonic scales, modes and arpeggios will get you to this point.
Take the Advanced Guitar Course and learn how to apply the min7 arpeggio when you write and improvise.