Soloing Over a Minor Blues With m7 Arpeggios (part 1)

Soloing Over Minor Blues With m7 Arpeggios (part 1)

We covered all fingerings for the Am7, Dm7 and Em7 arpeggios in past week.

The m7 Root Arpeggio
The Am7 1st Inversion Arpeggio
The Am7 2nd and 3rd Inversion Arpeggio

When you study the info in the above blogs, you know all you need to know to be able to solo with these fingerings over an Am blues.
We covered how to solo over an Am blues moving 1 arpeggio fingering all across the guitar neck from the Am to the Dm and Em locations.

Let’s get into something more advanced now: soloing with m7 arpeggios using the closest fingerings for Am, Dm and Em.
“Closest” in this case means: moving your hand as litte as possible over the chord changes.

You will be using 3 different m7 arpeggio fingerings now, one for each chord.
This is definitely more challenging.

The 3 minor chords in the key of A minor are: Am, Dm and Em.

Here are the closest arpeggio fingerings for these 3 chords:

Am7 arpeggio from the root (A note)
Dm7 arpeggio from the 5th (A note)
Em7 arpeggio from the b3rd (G note)

The Am7 and Dm7 arpeggios start on the same note. It cannot get much closer than that. 🙂
Move down 2 frets for the Em7 arpeggio.

(Review the previously mentioned blogs if you need to refresh your m7 arpeggio fingerings.
This drill gets all the easier the better you know all fingerings.)

Solo over following chord progression only using Am7 from the root, Dm7 from the 5th and Em7 from the b3rd.

||: Am7 | Dm7 | Em7 | Am7 :||

Once this gets fairly comfortable, move on to the Am blues.

||: Am7 | Dm7 | Am7 | Am7 |
Dm7 | Dm7 | Am7 | Am7 |
Em7 | Dm7 | Am7 | Em7 :||

Like anything in life: the more time you spend on this, the sooner you will get really good at this. 🙂

You gain a lot from practicing arpeggios moving as little as possible from one chord to the next.

It’s really challenging in the beginning. However: once you get the hang of this, you gain a deeper understanding of how the chords connect, which notes overlap between the chords, etc.

Improvising like this also really boosts your fretboard mastery.
Moreover: you gain a great level of freedom on guitar when you see any chord right under your fingers, without having to jump all across the guitar neck to familiar shapes.

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You’re on your way to becoming a great guitar player.
Have fun! 🙂


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