Watch the Arpeggio Ornamentation online guitar lesson by Tom Wolfe from 50 Hard Bop Blues Licks You MUST Know
Within chords, there are other tones and extensions (notes above the basic root, 3rd, 5th and 7th) that when analyzed separately, create other chords. This lick emphasizes an arpeggio ornamentation that has a variety of applications. In this instance, we will use a major 7th chord arpeggio to play over a dominant 7th chord. While this sounds incorrect, the major 7th arpeggio is not based on the root of the dominant 7th chord, but rather based on the 7th of the chord. This lick will use a BbMaj7 chord to play over the harmony of a C7 chord. In the C7 chord, the Bb is the 7th, the D is the 9th (an extension), the F is the 11th and the A is the 13th. This tones take a step outside of the bluesyness yet still creates a very hip melodic phrase to be used in the blues.