Barred Chords, Acoustic Songs and Pentatonic Scales!
Welcome to the Intermediate Guitar Lesson Library.
On this page there is a link to everything the intermediate guitarist could possibly need to learn the guitar.
Our motto is: Don’t just learn the tune – Learn from the tune!
By seeing and playing real songs you can learn about music and the guitar itself.
There are twenty two complete songs to learn here.
American Pie by Don McLean, Angie by The Rolling Stones, Starman by David Bowie, even piano based songs like Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys all come with complete video lessons.
You’ll find all the songs when you visit Intermediate Acoustic Songs.
To play melodies and add licks and riffs to your songs you need to learn scales. One of the most popular scales used in modern music is the minor Blues Scale.
This scale is built from the Minor Pentatonic by adding just one note to it.
To add notes to a pentatonic scale is the best way to understand the guitar fretboard.
Visit the Blues Scale page to have a look at all the video lessons.
This scale is similar to the minor Blues Scale, we just add one more note, the maj7.
The Conspirian scale can be used as a blanket scale over any progression in minor, as long as you don’t change key.
To find out why you need to learn more about it.
Go to the Conspirian pages to find out more.
When you learned all the chords in a key you need to look at all the chords outside the key, also known as the variations.
Pretty much every big hit song written use predictable chord progressions in one key, using just one variation.
Understand these variations and you will have unlocked a big secret to hit writing.
Can you completely visualize every chord and scale on the fretboard?
Chordacus can and if you use it enough, so will you!
This chord and scale finder software will give you any chord, scale and arpeggio in every shape and key.
Go to the Intermediate Chordacus page to find out more about how this software can help you.
On these pages you learn how to turn your open position chords into barred chords.
The biggest misunderstanding when it comes to barred chords is that you have to play the full shape, you don’t.
The intermediate step by step guitar course looks at this in great detail.
To see all possible barred chords shape, visit Intermediate Chords.
You’ll learn both sweeping and speed variations of the Chromatic Exercise here at Intermediate.
In total there are ten new variations to learn, all of them will increase your accuracy and co-ordination.
To see all exercises, complete with video, visit Intermediate Chromatic Exercises.
During Beginner Ear Training you learned the seven diatonic intervals and how to connect these with a song. It’s now time to learn the remaining five.
You also learn to hear chord progression movement.
All this is done with simple FREE Ear Training Downloads.
Visit Intermediate Ear Training and download both today.
Another five songs to learn here, all using a finger style technique.
To get the most from these songs, take the step by step guitar course and get all the TAB and extra help you could possibly need.
To preview them using a close up video of each technique, go to Intermediate Finger Style Songs.
In blues and soul influenced music we often use a major pentatonic to create licks and melodies over major chords.
All pentatonic shapes can be traced back to a chord shape so they’re easy to understand, visualize and remember.
Go to the Major Pentatonic pages and find all shapes, complete with individual video lessons.
The most common scale around must be the minor pentatonic, it’s usually the first scale you learn and use when improvising.
Countless hit melodies are based on this scale as well so it really is a must to learn.
Go to the Minor Pentatonic pages to find all shapes, complete with individual video lessons.
In this section you get a close up video of each song so you can check details like muting and what strings are played.
To get the most from this you need to first read the strumming pattern, then watch the video. You get all this when you take the step by step course.
To preview the videos, go to Intermediate Rhythm Guitar Songs.
These exercises will teach you how to read rhythm, simply follow the video instructions and play along.
There are thirty examples available. If you take the step by step Intermediate Guitar Course and learn how you could turn thirty into three hundred!
Try them out today by visiting the Intermediate Rhythmical Exercises page.
During your beginner studies you learned how to see a chord progression as numbers using the Song Writers Swivel.
At Intermediate we add all the pentatonic scales to this equation and learn how each chord has its own pentatonic.
Go to Intermediate Song Writers Swivel to find out more.
Now that you can play some rhythms by just reading them we need to reverse this process by getting you to write down rhythms you hear.
This is what we do in transcription, we hear a rhythm, then write it down.
When you take the full course you will do more reading and writing rhythms, these are essential skills to become a well rounded musician.
Go to Intermediate Transcriptions to see if you can do it.
The Intermediate Guitar Course take all topics covered above and put them into easy to follow step by step instructions.
Every week you get two new lessons, always starting with a song you’ll learn how to read, write and play music on the guitar, not just repeat a set pattern.
The Intermediate Guitar Course will teach you about songs, song writing, part writing, musicianship and how the guitar fret board work.