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Half Diminished Slidey

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This week we have another A7 lick - it's chord specific so if you are going to use it in a blues - then play it over the A7 and when the chord moves to D7 - move the lick too! Very important.

Don't be too freaked out by the theory stuff - it's fine just to play it and use it - but those into all that might like to try using some other C#min7b5 arpeggios over A7 chords and see what they come up with ;) more info on the theory below...

But have fun ;)

 

TAB

Lick 1

 

The half dimini-whaaaa?

So why on earth would you play a half diminished arpeggio over a A7 chord? Well I'm glad you asked...

It's a real common tool and sounds cool too. Lets look at the notes we would find in a A9 chord.

R
3
5
b7
9
A
C#
E
G
B

 

So if we start with the C# note and just look at the notes C#, E, G and B - these form a C#m7b5 chord - which sounds awesome as a replacement for an A7 chord! Either the chord itself (TAB: x 4 5 4 5 x - note that no root note is played, but this is an A9 chord!) or the arpeggio as used here. There is a lot more about this in Superimposing Arpeggios if you are keen on more head stuff...

Lesson ID: LK-002