Intermediate Library

Acoustic songs, barre chords and pentatonic scales!

Welcome to the intermediate guitar lesson library.

When you can play all these exercises you will have unlocked the secrets of the guitar fretboard. However, you can’t just practise scales and exercises, you have to learn songs to understand how popular music is put together.

It is only by understanding and playing famous songs that you can truly understand how music and the guitar fretboard works.

Therefore, when you take the intermediate course, we always start with a song, then find suitable exercises. This way, you’ll never practise an exercise wondering why you’re doing it!

Below you find links to everything you’ll learn in the course.


Acoustic songs

Intermediate Acoustic SongsThere are twenty-two complete songs to learn when you take the full course.

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 two video lessons.

In the course, we learn them note for note using exact TAB but more importantly, we learn from all these songs.

You can preview the video lessons by visiting intermediate acoustic songs.


Chord progression

Intermediate Chord ProgressionOnce you learned all the chords in a key, you need to look at all the possible variations to these chords.

Pretty much every big hit song written uses predictable chord progressions in one key, in combination with one or two variations.

Understand these variations and you will have unlocked a big secret songwriting and improvisation.

Go to intermediate chord progression to find out more.


Chordacus

Intermediate ChordacusCan you completely visualise 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 show you all barre chords and pentatonic scales in every shape and key.

Go to the intermediate chordacus page to find out more about how this software can help you.


Chords

Intermediate ChordsOn this page, you learn how to turn all your open position chords into barre chords.

The biggest misunderstanding when it comes to barre chords is that you have to play the full shape, you don’t.

In the intermediate course, we play fractions of these big barre chord shapes. However, it is important to first see the full shape.

Visit the page intermediate chords to start this journey.


Chromatic exercises

Intermediate Chromatic ExercisesYou’ll find both sweeping and speed variations of the chromatic exercise on this page.

In total, there are ten new variations to practise, all of them will improve your coordination, timing and speed.

In the intermediate course, we develop these exercises in all sorts of ways to improve your accuracy. This will, in turn, enable you to play really fast.

To see all video lessons, visit intermediate chromatic exercises.


Connect chords

Intermediate Connect ChordsAfter you transformed all the open position chords into barre chords you have to connect them all over the fretboard.

These video lessons show you exactly how to do this in five keys. When you completed these exercises you will have mapped out the fretboard.

These exercises are really important, the same approach is applied to scales and later on, the arpeggios as well.

Visit connect chords to view the video lessons.


Guitar course

The intermediate course takes all the songs and exercises you find on these pages and organises them into 40-60 minute step by step lessons.

Always starting with a song, you’ll learn how to read, write and improvise music on the guitar, not just to repeat a set pattern.

Of course, there is complete TAB for every song but that’s just the beginning, we don’t just learn the tune, we learn from the tune!

You can choose the pace of the course yourself, take one a day and you’ll complete the intermediate guitar course in just fifty-two days.


Rhythmical exercises

Intermediate Rhythmical Exercises These exercises will teach you how to read rhythm, simply follow the video lessons instructions and play along.

When you take the step by step intermediate course, you’ll learn how to develop these into more complex exercises as well.

Try them out today by visiting the intermediate rhythmical exercises page.


Scales

Intermediate ScalesThere are two main scales to learn at this stage, the Minor Pentatonic and the Major Pentatonic.

These scales are built from the barre chord shapes and lay the foundation for every other scale you need to learn in order to master the guitar.

As well as theses pentatonic scales, you also find links to the Blues and Conspirian scales.

Go to intermediate scales to find out more.


Songwriters swivel

SWS ThumbIn the beginner course, you learned how to see a chord progression as numbers using the SWS.

When you take the intermediate course, we add all the pentatonic scales to this equation as we learn how each barre chord has its own pentatonic shape.

Go to intermediate songwriters swivel to find out how this tool can help you understand music and the guitar fretboard.

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