Soloing with dim7 Arpeggios over dim7 Passing Chords

Soloing with dim7 Arpeggios over dim7 Passing Chords

As you can learn from one of the past blogs, one of the 3 ways dim7 chords are used in music, is as a passing chord.
Learn more about the uses of the dim7 chord here.

The Diminished 7th Chord and How To Use It.

While the above blog teaches how to play the dim7 chords, and how to use it in rhythm guitar playing and in chord progressions, today’s blog is about soloing over them when used as a passing chord, using dim7 arpeggios.

In order to be able to pull this off, you also need to know the arpeggio fingerings of course.
Good news: because the dim7 chord is a symmetrical chord, one fingering gets you all the chord inversions. (this will make sense when you read the following blog and learn the fingerings)

Here they are:

The Dim7 Arpeggio

Once you got all that under your belt, you are ready for following improv lesson.

Say you have following chord progression:

Cmaj7 | C#dim7 | Dm7 | G7

Over the Cmaj7, Dm7 and G7 chords, you could just play:

  1. C, Dm and G chord arpeggios
  2. Cmaj7, Dm7 and G7 chord arpeggios
  3. Any C major scale fingering you know
  4. A minor pentatonic scale

Over the C#dim7 chord, you can play the C#dim7 arpeggio.
Thinking notes ALWAYS helps. The notes in C#dim7 are C# E G Bb

Other example

Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 | F#dim7 | G7 |

Over the Cmaj7, Fmaj7 and G7 chords, you could just play:

  1. C, F and G chord arpeggios
  2. Cmaj7, Fmaj7 and G7 chord arpeggios
  3. Any C major scale fingering you know
  4. A minor pentatonic scale

Over F#dim7, you can play the F#dim7 arpeggio.

Here’s a quick video showing how to do this and how it sounds.

Conclusion

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