How to play 7th-chord arpeggios in four-note sequences

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana used the Dorian mode to great effect on Oye Como Va (Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Last time, I demonstrated a variety of ways to play patterns based on four-note 7th-chord arpeggios as ascending and descending eighth-note triplets. Those patterns were all based on the A major scale, also known as the A Ionian mode (A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#). 

Now, let’s switch up two of the variables: instead of basing the figures on the A major scale, we’ll switch to the parallel A Dorian mode (A, B, C, D, E, F#, G), and instead of playing eighth-note triplets, we’ll use even, or “straight,” eighth notes.  

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.