Minor 7th Arpeggios
An arpeggio as it relates to music is similar to a broken chord. The only difference when playing a broken chord is that the notes of the chord are played out of sequence from how the chord is spelled. When playing an arpeggio the notes are in sequence of how the chord is spelled. For instance the notes of an A minor seventh chord are A, C, E, and G. When played in this order, these notes form an arpeggio. The same would apply going backwards as well. An A minor seventh chord going backwards would be A, G, E, and C, the notes adjacent to one another are not skipped or missed.
Minor seventh arpeggios are used in all musical genres especially in classical music. When played correctly, the minor seventh arpeggio will have a harp like flowing sound that is very predictable and soothing to the ear. Minor seventh arpeggios made their way into the rock guitar world, in progressive rock especially. In this genre, minor seventh arpeggios are usually played quickly whilst using a smooth distorted sound.
In the Major key of music theory, the minor seventh arpeggio, scale and chord structure is derived from the Dorian mode, Phrygian mode and the Natural minor mode also known as the Aeolian mode. Although the Arpeggio and chord structures always remain the same, the scale derived from these modes will be altered, giving the arpeggio and chord structure different tension notes when the chord or arpeggio is extended. For example a C minor seventh chord derived from the Dorian mode would have the extension notes D, F, and A added to the Cm7th , whereas the Cm7th chord derived from the Phrygia n mode would have the notes Db, F, and A added to the arpeggio or chord extension. Furthermore the Cm7 derived from the Aeolian mode would have the notes D, F, and Ab added to the arpeggio or chord structure.
In the “Minor seventh arpeggios” video below I will demonstrate the A minor seventh chord arpeggio in four different positions on the guitar which can be used in improvisation, rhythm accompaniment, and melodies. Have fun and enjoy.
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