Thomas Berglund

About Thomas Berglund

My name is Thomas Berglund and I´m a swedish musician and guitar teacher.
I have played in various genres through the years but no matter what style I play in there´s the improvisation moment I search. I love jazz, blues, country and many styles but there´s in the improvisation my heart is. intention is to have lessons in various genres but to put in solo scales, phrasing and stuff from the improvisation that makes the music comes alive.

For more lessons you can go to my guitar lesson site.

...and here can you listen to my music!

/all the best
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Alternative arpeggios to the m7b5 chord

The chord is the scales skeleton. The chord tones are the most "right" to play so to say, the most inside of tones for each chord. In order to play outside for example so it requires that you know which the inside tones are and it is therefore of utmost importance to know those tones even so in general matters. Learn the chord tones for all the chords in the same way as you learn the scales. Start with triads in major and minor and go further with 7th chord tones to m7, maj7, 7th and m7b5 chords to start with.

…and I recommend to check out these chord tone boxes all over the guitar neck.

In this lesson I´ll show two alternative arpeggios to the Gm7b5 chord. I start from Gm7b5 chord and the locrian mode in G minor.

Down below is the Gm7b5 arpeggio.

Gm7b5 arpeggio

The Eb7 chord arpeggio is quite near the Gm7b5 and it´s great to use to the Gm7b5 chord. The thing with finding new arpeggios to the chords is to find new sounds to soloing with and you also get new soloing ideas.

Eb7 arpeggio

You can also use the Dbmaj7#5 chord arpeggio if you want to sound a bit outside from the locrian mode. With this arpeggio it sounds quite different from the Eb7 arpeggio. The #5 tone in the Dbmaj7#5 it´s setting the character to the arpeggio when it´s the major 9th to the Gm7b5 chord and in the locrian mode it´s the minor 9th tone so that´s making a quite different sound.

Dbmaj7#5 arpeggio

If you´re playing with these alternative arpeggios you will get another sound to the Gm7b5 chord. I show these arpeggios how they sound to the backing track in the video lesson. It´s a modal comp in that backing-track and that´s the most certain when try these kind of arpeggios but they can work good in songs with more than one chord or keys as well but you should be aware of how it sounds and open your ears to listen if it works or not.

This is a great way to develop the arpeggio playing to find new arpeggios from your common or basic ones that you´re playing.

Hope you find this lesson useful.

Good luck!

26 Feb 2017 05:39:26 @pauljones:
Great lesson Thomas-as usual! I understand the concept functioning in a modal scenario, but getting the right sound when playing this over chord progressions seems definitely harder....Quick question, is it possible to do the same or at least something similar with regular minor seventh chords, or chords with any other quality? Or does this concept only work with diminished chords (implying that the harmony is also a minor chord, not diminished) ?
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Thomas Berglund
27 Feb 2017 00:03:50 @thomas-berglund:
Hi Paul and thanks for your comment! Actually I have a serie with this arpeggio concept on m7, 7th, maj7 and the m7b5. I also have a course with the same chords plus 2-5-1 in major and minor discussing the inside and alternative scales to the particular chords.
Here´s the arpeggio lesson with the maj7 chord in my advanced improvisation course:
The other arpeggio lesson is on my members site and webstore.
You find the inside/alternative course here though:
Thanks again and all the best to you Paul!

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12 Mar 2017 18:43:03 @pauljones:
Thank you Thomas! These concept of alternative scales are incredibly useful, it's a great way to get different and interesting sounds. The C#m7b5 played over the Gmaj7 chord sounds really cool. I'll definitely try to incorporate this concepts into my playing, thanks again and all the best! :)
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Thomas Berglund
13 Mar 2017 13:26:21 @thomas-berglund:
Makes me glad you like the concept and that it´s useful Paul! Thanks for comment!
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Savo Kostic
01 Mar 2017 13:01:01 @savo-kostic:
That is amazing Thomas, I am having your video on repeat while trying to figure out all these chords. I am not that good tho, so, it would be very useful for me to start with some more simple chords and I look forward to watch your new videos dedicated to us, beginners :)
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Thomas Berglund
01 Mar 2017 22:59:47 @thomas-berglund:
Thanks for comment savo-kostic! I understand if this can be quite hard to figure out if you´re not used with arpeggios. In the link below it´s a lesson with more basic arpeggios that I think it´s good to learn before going to the alternative arpeggio lessons of mine.
Arpeggios - Triads and 7th chord tones to the maj7, m7 & the 7th chords - Essential scales course

Hope that´ll fit your needs and if it´s not come back to me and I´ll come up with another suggestion. /best

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Savo Kostic
04 Mar 2017 17:00:14 @savo-kostic:
Thank you for sharing it with me Thomas, I will check this out and let you know my impression.
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