Major 7th Arpeggios
In part 1, we looked at C Major 7th Arpeggios from the 5th position. Now for part 2, we’re looking at the 8th position. All the examples presented will be in 8th position, and each example will begin with the chord shape closest in relation to the arpeggio. Try to link these two together. It’s important to practice these in every key.
The first example is the arpeggio presented in quarter notes. Note the stretch on the G string from the 9th fret to the 12th.
In example 2 we have a simple little 8th note descending run.
In example 3 an 8 note sequence is played twice in a row, then the arpeggio is ascended and descended, ending with a slide out of position to the 5th fret (C). Hammer ons and pull offs are also added to make the run more exciting.
The 4th example is more complicated. This is more of a multi arpeggio positional run. The first run is the C major 7th arpeggio we presented in Part 1, then we climb up to the next arpeggio shape. Hammer ons and pull offs are used on the high E string both times. The way this lick is arranged, it can be practiced with alternate picking, or sweep picking. This lick also bears resemblance to the Malmsteen diminished run lick he uses frequently, only this is a Major 7th run.