The maj7 Arpeggio Root Position Fingering.

The maj7 Arpeggio Root Position Fingering.

Before tackling the maj7 arpeggio, feel free to have a look first at the major triad arpeggio here: Major triad In-Position Arpeggios

The formula of the maj7 chord is: 1 3 5 7

All chords and scales have what you call “a formula”.
A “formula” represents the interval pattern that makes up a given chord or scale.

The formula for the maj7 chord shows that a maj7 chord consists of:

  1. 1, also called “the root of the chord. This is the note that gives the chord its name: the note on top of which the chord is built, represented with the number 1.
  2. A note a major 3rd above the root. (3)
  3. A note a 5th above the root. (5)
  4. A note a major 7th above the root. (7)

Assigning the note C to 1, gives you: C E G B

  1. C is the root,
  2. E is the major 3rd (3),
  3. G is the 5th (5) and
  4. B is the major 7th (7)

This is called a Cmaj7 chord.

There are two maj7 chords in a major scale: on I (the first note in the scale) and on IV (the 4th note in the scale)

In the key of C this is:
Cmaj7 = C E G B, and
Fmaj7 = F A C E

Here’s the fingering for the root position Cmaj7 chord.

cmaj7-root-arpeggio

Move that fingering to the 1st fret on F, to play the notes of an Fmaj7 chord.

Solo over ||: Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 | Fmaj7 :||

Once you get comfortable soloing with this fingering over the above chord progression and moving around from the 8th to the 1st fret: add in the V7 root arpeggio.

||: Imaj7 | IVmaj7 | V7 | Imaj7 :||

||: Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 | G7 | Cmaj7 :||

Your fretting hand will move from C on the 8th fret, to F on the 1st fret, to G on the 3rd fret, back to C on the 8th fret.

If you need to review the V7 arpeggio fingering, you can do so here:
The V7 Root Arpeggio.

Here’s a video showcasing how this works:

Learning these arpeggios really well, will greatly boost your soloing power.
The more you do the above exercises, the sooner you’ll master those fingerings.

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