The Minor 7 b5 arpeggio contains the following:

1 – b3 – b5 – b7

The minor 7 b5 arpeggio and chord can also be referred to as the half diminished arpeggio or chord. It has a dissonant, dark sound and can be used effectively with certain minor scales, such as the phrygian mode and locrian mode.

As with all scales and arpeggios, we want to learn 5 movable shapes up and down the fretboard for the minor 7b5 arpeggio. Let’s look at the 5 CAGED shapes, using Cm7b5 as the example arpeggio:

Minor7b5 Arpeggio Frets Position 1
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Notes Position 1
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Frets Position 2
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Notes Position 2
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Frets Position 3
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Notes Position 3
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Frets Position 4
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Notes Position 4
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Frets Position 5
Minor7b5 Arpeggio Notes Position 5

Links to individual keys will be posted here soon. For now, practice the 5 CAGED shapes along the fretboard.


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