Major 7th Arpeggios contain four notes, all derived from the first note of the Ionian Mode.
These notes are: Root – Third – Fifth – Seventh
So, for a C Major 7 Arpeggio, these notes would be: C – E – G – B
The following examples lay out three different sizes of Major 7th Arpeggios, one octave, two octave and three octave fingerings. If you notice, each of the larger fingerings is built by combining two or three of the one-octave arpeggios.
This allows you to learn a new fingering without learning new material, just applying previous knowledge in a new manner, as well as makes it easier for you to memorize longer-form arpeggios.
Each fingering is presented on a C Major 7th arpeggio, but make sure to practice these in all 12 keys so that you learn you neck, as well as take these fingerings into every possible spot on the neck.
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