Bluesy Arpeggio & Chord Exercise (+ Backing Track)

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When practicing something new, it’s always a good idea to put the thing you’re practicing in a musical context. Often when I try to incorporate a new concept or fingering into my playing, I make a little tune out of the new material.

Here’s an example of such a tune. This exercise will teach you how to play 9 and 13 arpeggios, as well as their respective chords.

 

 

Bluesy Jazz Guitar Exercise

 

Here’s the backing track you can use to practice:

 

 

The first chord and arpeggio is an F9, which is an F7 + the tension 9: F A C Eb G.
Here’s the chord (1st diagram) and arpeggio diagram (2nd diagram). In the exercise I use variations of the arpeggio to make it more interesting:

 
Bluesy Jazz Guitar Exercise

The second type of chord and arpeggio is the Bb13 (see bar 9), which is an Bb7 + the tension 13: Bb D F Ab G.
Here’s the chord (1st diagram) and arpeggio diagram (2nd diagram). In the exercise I use variations of the arpeggio to make it more interesting:

 
Bluesy Jazz Guitar Exercise

The scale I use to end the tune is the F minor Blues Scale (bar 15):

 
Bluesy Jazz Guitar Exercise

 
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  1. John LennoxOct 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

    That’s what I’m talking about,,, a catchy little ditty to show how the exercises can be utilized in a jam session or gig.

  2. commentOct 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    that’s finally a usefull excercise! thanks for this one!

  3. William StahlOct 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    really good context music is superb just what I was looking for

  4. PATOMay 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    BEAUTIFUL

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