Blues Soloing With Dom7 Arpeggios Over IV and V in G

Blues Soloing With Dom7 Arpeggios: Fingerings for IV7 and V7 Arpeggios in Key of G.

The following shows the 4 G7 arpeggio fingerings.


Bring all these 4 fingerings up 5 frets and there you have the C7 fingerings.
The notes are C E G Bb

If you bring the fingerings up another 2 frets from there (up 7 frets from the G7 locations) you’re playing D7 arpeggios.
The notes are D F# A C

This gives you all the fingering locations for the I, IV, and V chords in the key of G.

You want to memorize the notes in those 3 chords

G7 = G B D F
C7 = C E G Bb
D7 = D F# A C

And you want to memorize the locations of the fingerings for all 3 chords.

For example:

C7 root position arpeggio fingering starts on the 8th fret, 1st inversion fingering starts on the 12th fret, 2nd inversion (5th in the bass) on the 3rd fret, and the 3rd inversion (b7th in the bass) on the 6th fret.
Bring all this 2 frets up for the D7 fingerings.

Blues Soloing With Dom7 Arpeggios in Key of G.

First off, of course, you need to know the 12-bar blues form.


When you have that memorized, then you can play blues.

From here on: here’s 2 exercises.

Blues soloing with Dominant 7 Arpeggios in G: using the same shape on all 3 chords

For example:
On the bars where you have to play the I chord, you solo using the G7 root position fingerings, on the IV chord bars, you jump to the 8th fret to solo using the C7 root fingering, and in the D7 (V7) bars, you solo using the root position fingering on the 10th fret.

In other words: 1 fingering, moved to 3 locations, to solo over the 3 chords.

Blues soloing with Dominant 7 Arpeggios in G: Voice Leading the Arpeggio Fingerings

What this comes down to, is that you use the closest 3 fingerings for each chord. You try to move as little as possible from chord to chord.
Here are the closest fingering combinations for the I, IV, and V chords.

1) G7 from the root – C7 from the 5th – D7 from the 3rd
2) G7 from the 3rd – C7 from the b7 – D7 from the 5th
3) G7 from the 5th – C7 from the root – D7 from the b7th
4) G7 from the b7th – C7 from the 3rd – D7 from the root


You want to take your time with all the above.
There’s a lot of material in this blog, and a lot to memorize.

1) Memorize the 12 bar blues form.
2) Memorize the notes in the G7, C7, and D7 chords.
3) Memorize the 4 fingerings and their locations for each of the 3 chords.
4) Memorize the voice-led (closest) fingering combinations.

It not only takes time to memorize this all, but it also takes practice to be able to apply it all.

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