Master the four arpeggios in 8 steps!

There are four arpeggios, the min7, the maj7, the dom7 and the seemingly super awkward min7b5.

In the self eliminating practice routine (S E P R) we master all these arpeggios in all CAGED shapes.

To achieve this we must put them through a series of steps. When you can play all exercises of a step, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Complete all eight steps and you will know all four arpeggios, in all shapes, using any starting point.

This is useful should you want to know how to play, for example a C shaped Ebmaj7 arpeggio, without hesitating. An essential skill to have when improvising.


Min7 Arpeggios – Step 1

In this first step we practice the min7 arpeggios in all CAGED shapes.

Video lessons available starting on the note A. To complete this step, you must play starting on the remaining 11 notes as well.

Go to Min7 Arpeggios – Step 1.


Maj7 Arpeggios – Step 2

Lets practice the maj7 arpeggios in all CAGED shapes.

Video lessons available starting on the note A. To complete this step, you must play starting on the remaining 11 notes as well.

Go to Maj7 Arpeggios – Step 2.


Dom7 Arpeggios – Step 3

In step 3, we practice the dom7 arpeggios in all CAGED shapes.

Video lessons available starting on the note A. To complete this step, you must play starting on the remaining 11 notes as well.

Go to Dom7 Arpeggios – Step 3.


Min7b5 Arpeggios – Step 4

The most difficult arpeggio is the min7b5, to learn it, we practice in all CAGED shapes.

Video lessons available starting on the note A. To complete this step, you must play starting on the remaining 11 notes as well.

Go to Min7b5 Arpeggios – Step 4.


Connect all arpeggio shapes – Step 5

To ensure you really do know all your arpeggios, in this step we connect the shapes by playing each shape twice, then move up to the next available shape.

To complete this step, you must practice all your min7, maj7, dom7 and min7b5 shapes like this, in all 12 keys.

Go to Connect all arpeggio shapes – Step 5.


Connect all arpeggio shapes once – Step 6

In this step, we connect them again, although now we play just once per shape.

Videos demonstrate this for Am7, Amaj7, Adom7 as well as Am7b5. To complete the step, you must play in all 12 keys.

Go to Connect all arpeggio shapes once – Step 6.


Arpeggios through the cycle of 4th – Step 7

To ensure you really do know all your arpeggios, in this step we put them through the cycle of 4th, this means we play Amaj7, Dmaj7, Gmaj7, Cmaj, Fmaj using the closest possible CAGED shape.

To complete this step, you must do the same to Dom7, Min7 and the peculiar Min7b5 as well.

Go to Arpeggios through the cycle of 4th – Step 7.


Arpeggios and Ionian – Step 8

In this final step, we play all arpeggios around each Ionian CAGED shape.

Videos demonstrate this in the key of A, to complete this step and master the CAGED arpeggio shapes, you must practice in all keys.

Go to Arpeggios and Ionian – Step 8.

Dan Lundholm

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