In this first exercise, the pitches of each seventh chord are arpeggiated up and back down by starting on the root. Every key is covered by ascending through the keys in half-step increments. The exercise is illustrated with major seventh chords, but it can be applied to any type of seventh chord.
The final way to practice chord tone based musical improvisation with the use of seventh chords is to apply the above exercises to the chord structure of an actual song that contains seventh chords. For example, we could arpeggiate each seventh chord of the song up and then down starting on the root. Instead of applying a half step or circle of 5ths progression to change chords, we merely apply the exercise to the chord changes of the song. When the beat duration of a given chord limits the amount of material that can be played, we modify the arpeggio pattern (example: only go up the arpeggio instead of going up and down).
In this Learning Music With Ray video I demonstrate various seventh chord exercises that can be used to develop the rapid recall of the pitches of any seventh chord for use in musical improvisation. Each exercise is demonstrated with major seventh chords, but can be applied to any type of seventh chord. Then I apply the same exercises to a simple three chord progression to add musicality to the practice routine. Finally, I apply the same exercises to the chords of a song.