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Lick of the Week 32: Maj7(#5) Arpeggio Guitar Hack

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Today's lick is another ii-V-i jazz lick in D minor, this time featuring an augmented major 7 arpeggio to highlight the altered dominant chord. I don't remember where I picked this up, but this is another one of my guitar hacks--a device that can be applied in non-conventional ways for cool and interesting results.

The lick starts out with a basic passage in the first bar over an Em7(b5). The second bar is a DbMaj7(#5) arpeggio. When played over an A7 chord, that arpeggio highlights the 3, #5, root, and #9. This is always the case when you play an augmented major 7th arpeggio starting on the 3rd of an altered dominant chord. Pretty slick!


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