Two string Seventh chord arpeggios

One most useful piece of info that Master imparted to me at our last meeting concerned the ‘patterns’ that can be derived for easy memory of seventh chord arpeggios.

Consider a G Major 7 chord starting on the 3rd fret, bottom string and playing two notes per string:


Notice that there’s a repeating pattern every two strings, i.e. starting from the root note G, you play the next note a major 3rd up (B). Then, when you shift to the next string, you move up two frets, and again play a two note interval a major 3rd apart, i.e. five frets, so going from the D to the F#. That’s the complete one octave arpeggio, so when you move to the 4th string and start on a G, you simply play the same pattern again – two notes on the 4th string, then 2 notes on the 3rd string. And so on… cool huh?

So, for the other 7th chord types:


Sp, basically, repeating each of these patterns every two strings starting from the next root note you can easily cover 3 octaves of the arpeggio in question.  The Major 7, Minor 7 and Diminished 7 ones are particularly easy to remember given their fingering ‘symmetry’.


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