Advanced Chord Progression

These are the most important exercises to practise!

In the beginner and intermediate courses, 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 course, we pair chord progressions with everything else we practise, for example, like this:

These exercises are what all other exercises strive towards and refer back to so in the course we practise these extensively. Once mastered, these exercises are what will make sense of the guitar fretboard.


Chords around the E shape

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 a Dm shaped chord
  7. The VII chord would have an Em shaped chord

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

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

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Dbamsmin7
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Ecsdom7
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Chords around the A shape

When you practise the A shaped major pentatonic and the Ionian mode, some of the intervals are 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 an A shaped chord
  • The II chord would have a 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 an Am shaped chord

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

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Bcmsmin7
Dbdmsmin7
Ddsmaj7
Eesdom7
Gbgmsmin7
Abamsmin7b5
chordsinAAshape


Chords around the D shape

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 a Dm shaped chord

Does your practise 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 gives you all chords. The video lesson shows you how to play them all.

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Bemsmin7
Dbgmsmin7
Dgsmaj7
Easdom7
Gbcmsmin7
Abdmsmin7b5
chordsinADshape


Chords around the G shape

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 an 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.

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Bamsmin7
Dbcmsmin7
Dcsmaj7
Edsdom7
Gbemsmin7
Abgmsmin7b5
chordsinAGshape


Chords around the C shape

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

Looks like this on the fretboard.

Acsmaj7
Bdmsmin7
Dbemsmin7
Desmaj7
Egsdom7
Gbamsmin7
Abcmsmin7b5
chordsinACshape


Summary

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

It is your ability to know this 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.

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