Lesson 1 -
Sample - Lesson 1
Lyle: Before you start these lessons, you need to know the resulting
chords of the harmonized major scale:
G major scale and chords
By stacking the notes of the major scale in thirds (every other note) the
resulting chord types are:
G major scale harmonized in 3rds
Gmaj7 Am7 Bm7 Cmaj7 D7
& IV = Major 7
ii, iii, vi = Minor 7
V = Dominant 7
vii = Minor
Lyle: You only need to learn 4 kinds of
arpeggios to accommodate chords resulting from the harmonized major scale: Major
7, Minor 7, Dominant 7, and Minor 7b5.
There are many other ways to play these arpeggios, I'm just going to show you a
couple for each chord type.
Now you'll learn ways to create other major chord sounds by applying different
chord arpeggios over the single Gmaj7
Scale - Ionian
Here's a jam track you'll be working with, it's in G major, using a Gmaj7
in G Major
For those of you wondering, this is how I'm playing the rhythm
for jam track
rhythm riff for
you play a Gmaj7 arpeggio over the Gmaj7 chord, you'll simply get the Gmaj7
G, B, D, F# - Notes of the Gmaj7 arpeggio
5, 7 -
Notes compared to a G chord
Gmaj7 sound example
Lyle: Now the fun
begins. If you play a Minor 7 arpeggio up a Major 3rd from the root of the chord
you'll get a Major 9 chord sound.
Lyle: Bm7 arpeggio against the Gmaj7 chord =
B, D, F#, A = Notes of the Bm7 arpeggio
7, 9 = Notes compared
to a G chord
Gmaj9 sound example
gpg: What makes
the maj 9?
Lyle: 2=9, 4=11, 6=13
gpg: So the
A is the 2 in maj and b7 in Bmin?
Lyle: Yes, A is the 2/9 in G. A is the b7 in
If you play another Minor 7 arpeggio down a Minor 3rd (the relative minor) from
the major chord you'll get a Major 6 sound.
E, G, B, D = Notes of the Am7 arpeggio
6, 1, 3,
5 = Notes compared to the G
G6 sound example
Lyle: Listen close
to this next TAB. It has the chord sounds matching the arpeggio substitutions we
just went over:
major chord sound examples
You'll hear how each new arpeggio fits each new chord
Lyle: Check out this solo example that uses these
Here's another example using different arpeggio patterns:
Another cool way to create a major sound is to play a Minor 7b5 arpeggio a
flatted 5th above the major chord and you'll get a major blues type of
Db, E, G, B = Notes of the Dbm7b5 chord
1, 3 = Notes compared to a G
gpg: You are playing a Db over a Gmaj7?
Lyle: That is a Dbm7b5 arpeggio over the
Gmaj7 chord, yes.
Lyle: The Db note is the flatted 5th in G, also
known as the blues note.
Lyle: 1, b3, b5, b7 = Minor 7b5 chord
Lyle: I used a clean sound for these examples but
you don't have to stick with a clean sound. Notice that I used an overdrive
sound for the Lesson Sample at the top of the lesson where I played these same
Lyle: That's all for this session. You need time
to train your fingers and get them to memorize these arpeggio