Seven Strings Sweep Arpeggios

by Joe Kataldo

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  • One of the coolest things you can do on a seven strings guitar, is to play long three-octave arpeggios runs. Coupled with sweep picking, the effect is a never-ending cascade of notes, that surely will turn some heads!

    IMPORTANT

    People that doesn't own a seven string guitar can also practice this lesson, simply playing a two octave shape arpeggio, starting from the fifth string, enjoy.


    This lesson will improve:
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    Sweep/economy picking

    Diatonic 7 arpeggio knowledge



    Seven Strings Sweep Arpeggios - 100 bpm
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    The musical study, starts at the 5th fret seventh string with the E major 7 arpeggio and goes diatonic up to the 17th fret harmonizing all the E major scale with the following arpeggios:

    E major 7

    F# minor 7

    G# minor 7

    A major 7

    B dominant 7

    C# minor 7

    D# half-diminished (7)


    Theory Focus
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    Diatonic means that all the notes come from the scale, in this case E major, and harmonizing each degree, we have always the same kind of chords:

    Imaj7 - IIm7 - IIIm7 - IVmaj7 - V7 - VIm7 - VIIm7/b5 (Half-diminished)


    Techniques Focus
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    Sweep/economy Picking, involves a picking motion from the wrist, sliding on string in the same direction, without re-pick any notes.


    Pro Tips
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    You can use this shapes, on six strings guitar too, starting on the fifth string and playing only a two octave arpeggio.


    Keep Practicing, see you next lesson.

    Joe Kataldo


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