Constructing Arpeggios Minor 7 Flat 5.
So the, the last of the four basic
7 chords four norw chord arpeggios,
that we are going to look is
the minor 7 flat 5 chord.
It's it's the kind of odd man out but
it's a very important chord and
it's a little bit strange.
This may be one that you're
not familiar with yet.
But in order to really have all
the language we need, all the notes
we need to improvise correctly in jazz,
this is an important one to know.
It is almost a diminished chord.
It is almost a minor chord
it's a little of both.
It's a very pretty chord, actually, I like
it, I'll just play the chord, by itself.
It's a very kinda pensive
wistful kind of a sound, and
the arpeggio is kind of interesting.
Now, we should really look in this case,
let's really at how it's constructed.
In this case, I'm gonna explain
the construction in the position
starting with my second finger on B.
It's gonna be in B minor,
a B minor 7th flat 5 chord.
Because I wanna,
I want it to be super clear,
I don't wanna be stretching in either
direction, I want it to be right in place.
So the major 7, refreshing our memories.
Right dominant 7.
Minor 7th, we had the,
the lowered 7th, now we're gonna lower
the 3rd as well for the minor 7th.
And the name of this chord is self
explanatory, it's a minor 7th flat 5.
So the next thing that we do, we keep
the 7th lower, we keep the 3rd lower.
Now we're gonna lower the 5th as well.
let's look really carefully at that.
that's the major 7.
We lowered the 7, so that one comes down.
Then we lowered the 3rd
to make it a minor 7.
And then the last note that we lower
So that one has that, you know,
that tritone in it.
It's a very rich chord.
Now let's extend it across two octaves.
Okay, so that,
that was hidden in this in this position.
That's the theory behind it.
Now let's do it in all the positions.
So start on, on the the, on the right
place which is the, with the first finger.
And I'll do it real slow.
We'll go through all six positions and
it's a little bit of a,
of a finger twister, tongue twister.
But I'm sure you're gonna get it.
For some I'm gonna say what the notes are.
1, flat 3, flat 5, flat 7.
1, flat 3, flat 5, flat 7, 1.
Now just play it, and play along with me.
Check the diagram,
make sure you have
Okay, in next position.
We already did this one, I'll repeat it.
You can see that it kinda pulls me out of
position quite a bit, but you should use
whatever fingers I, you, you know, use
the ones that are the fingering I'm using.
Or, if you find one that's more
comfortable for yourself, switch it up.
The most important thing is that it
be flowing and comfortable for you.
Next one, starting with the pinky.
And we'll jump down to the B down here.
Remember the major 7,
Minor 7, minor 7
flat 5 now
It's a cool sounding chord.
Now next one,
I'm gonna run into open strings, so
I'm gonna run up here all the way up.
This one doesn't go up too high,
we only go to the fifth degree.
So we'll do it up here.
One more time on that one.
And now it's a pinky.
Do that one more time, this one's got
a nice stretch, a nice configuration.
Now play the chord.
Another version of the chord.
We're gonna get into voicing these
chords in a few minutes as well.
So that's the minor 7 flat 5 chord,
and that takes us through all
the 7 chords that occur naturally,
in the diatonic major scale.
And that's gonna lead us into,
open the door for
us into a whole area of harmony that we'll
be able to use to improvise right away.