By Hal Leonard Corp., Adam Perlmutter

Arpeggios are very useful tools, to say the least. These broken chords, in which the notes are played one after the other rather than all at once, can be used for everything from warm-up exercises to accompaniment patterns. Here you work with a handful of seventh chords.

One good way to practice seventh-chord arpeggios is by using different inversions, as shown on the first five lines of music here, representing the five basic seventh-chord types based on the root note C. Another way is to arpeggiate all the different seventh chords in a given key, as seen on the bottom system here, also in C major. Take the time to learn all of these figures, planting them firmly in your fingers and in your ears, and then see if you can play them in other keys as well. Your musicianship will benefit greatly in the process.