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Dominant 7b5 Arpeggios

March 8, 2009

So far in our series of articles we have looked at the most common arpeggios and how to use them in your jazz playing. We will continue this tour of arpeggios by taking a look at the dominant 7b5 arpeggio. The dominant seven flat five arpeggio is an obvious candidate for playing over 7b5 chords and it contains four notes, the root, major third, flat fifth and the flat seventh.

We can write out the intervals of the dominant 7b5 arpeggio like this

1, 3, b5, b7

Below I have written out the dominant 7b5 arpeggio in all 12 keys.

C Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

C E Gb Bb

Db Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

Db F G B

D Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

D F# Ab C

Eb Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

Eb G A Db

E Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

E G# Bb D

F Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

F A B Eb

Gb Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

Gb Bb C E

G Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

G B Db F

Ab Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

Ab C D Gb

A Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

A C# Eb G

Bb Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

Bb D E Ab

B Dominant 7b5 Arpeggio

B D# F A

I hope you enjoy learning the unique sound of the dominant 7 flat five arpeggio and that you can find a place for it in your jazz improvisations. Practice playing the 7b5 arpeggio in all keys to improve both your ears and technique.

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