Advanced Chord Progression

These are the most important exercises to practice!

In the beginner and intermediate guitar course you learned that chord progressions are the key to understanding the guitar.

This is because chord progressions are what link chords, scales and arpeggios together.

In the Advanced Guitar Course we pair chord progressions with everything else we practice, like this:

The exercises here in Advanced Chord Progression are what all other exercises strive towards and refer back to so practice extensively!

These exercises will make the guitar neck make sense.

Chord Progression around E shaped Ionian

Below you can see how the E shaped major scale in the key of A is surrounded by all other chords in its key.

In the video you can see the exercise being played like this:

  1. The I chord would have an E shaped chord
  2. The II chord would have a Gm shaped chord
  3. The III chord would have an Am shaped chord
  4. The IV chord would have an A shaped chord
  5. The V chord would have an C shaped chord
  6. The VI chord would have an Dm shaped chord
  7. The VII chord would have a Em shaped chord

You need to practice this until you can do it without any hesitation.

The slide show give you all chords around the E scale shape, just like the video demonstrate.

Amaj7 E shape

Bm7 Gm shape

C#m7 Am shape

Dmaj7 A shape

E7 C shape

F#m Dm shape

G#m7b5 Em shape

Chords around E shape

Chord Progression around A shaped Ionian

When you practiced the A shaped major pentatonic and the Ionian mode, some of the intervals where located below the root.

Now that we add chords around the A shape you have to play some of them below the root. Like this:

  • The I chord would have a A shaped chord
  • The II chord would have an Cm shaped chord
  • The III chord would have a Dm shaped chord
  • The IV chord would have a D shaped chord
  • The V chord would have an E shaped chord
  • The VI chord would have a Gm shaped chord
  • The VII chord would have a Am shaped chord

Using the slide show and video below you have to practice how they line up around fret 12 since all chords won’t fit when using open strings.

Amaj7 A shape

Bm7 Cm shape

C#m7 Dm shape

Dmaj7 D shape

E7 E shape

F#m7 Gm shape

G#m7b5 Am shape

All chords around A shape

Chord Progression around D shaped Ionian

All chords within the key line up around the D shape like this:

  • The I chord would have a D shaped chord
  • The II chord would have an Em shaped chord
  • The III chord would have a Gm shaped chord
  • The IV chord would have a G shaped chord
  • The V chord would have an A shaped chord
  • The VI chord would have a Cm shaped chord
  • The VII chord would have an Dm shaped chord

Does your practice of saying the intervals out loud over a D shaped Major Pentatonic now pay off Can you tell how the 6th interval is also the VI chord?

The slide show give you all chords. The video show you how.

Amaj7 D shape

Bm7 Em shape

C#m7 Gm shape

Dmaj7 G shape

E7 A shape

F#m7 Cm shape

G#m7b5 Dm shape

All chords around D shape

Chord Progression around G shaped Ionian

All chords within the key, around the G shaped major scale line up in the following way:

  • The I chord would have a G shaped chord
  • The II chord would have an Am shaped chord
  • The III chord would have a Cm shaped chord
  • The IV chord would have a C shaped chord
  • The V chord would have an D shaped chord
  • The VI chord would have a Em shaped chord
  • The VII chord would have a Gm shaped chord

The G shaped major scale in the key of A looks like this on the fretboard when the intervals have been replaced with chords:

Amaj7 G shape

Bm7 Am shape

C#m7 Cm shape

Dmaj7 C shape

E7 D shape

F#m7 Em shape

G#m7b5 Gm shape

All chords around G shape

Chord Progression around C shaped Ionian

Finally, the C shaped major scale (Ionian) has all chords lined up like this:

  • The I chord would have a C shaped chord
  • The II chord would have an Dm shaped chord
  • The III chord would have a Em shaped chord
  • The IV chord would have a E shaped chord
  • The V chord would have an G shaped chord
  • The VI chord would have a Am shaped chord
  • The VII chord would have a Am shaped chord

Looks like this on the fretboard:

Amaj7 C shape

Bm7 Dm shape

C#m7 Em shape

Dmaj7 E shape

E7 G shape

F#m7 Am shape

G#m7b5 Cm shape

All chords around C shape

Advanced Chord Progression Conclusion

What you’ve seen here is the key to mastering the guitar. All your chords, modes and arpeggios are built around this system.

It is your ability to know this system inside out that will enable you to reach a point of non thinking, a state of being where you can stop guessing and really start playing the guitar.

Take the Advanced Guitar Course and learn this entire system as well as sixteen famous songs!