Arpeggios, modes and extended chords
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Worth noticing is the connection between all this and what you learned during your intermediate studies.
A barre chord can easily be extended to a 7th note chord, all modes are built by adding notes to the pentatonic shapes you already know. The chromatic and sweeping exercises are developed by having more complex rhythms.
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They look very similar to the barre chord shapes as well so you’re merely bridging a gap here between chord and scale.
The advanced course takes these exercises all the way, there may only be four arpeggios to learn but you can do so much with them.
Go to advanced arpeggios to see the video lessons.
On the advanced chord progression page, we pair these two concepts as we play each chord from every note of the major scale.
These exercises will change the way you understand music and how it applies to the guitar fretboard.
In the course, you get plenty of challenges playing these exercises using different rhythms and keys as well.
You can use this software to help you as you practise any of the above.
For example, all modes are practised using the barre chord shape, the pentatonic and mode, in Chordacus these layers have different colours so you can visualise them easier.
Go to advanced chordacus to find out how each mode is displayed in chordacus.
To get the full picture you must practise these chord shapes all over the neck in every key.
Since you can already play the shapes as triads after taking the intermediate course, it won’t take long to learn how to extend into seventh note chords.
Go to advanced chords and find a video lesson for each and every chord shape.
Practise these regularly and you will improve your pick control, sweep technique, timing and what is to many young students really important, speed.
For best results follow the instructions the step by step advanced course offer. These video lessons are merely the starting point.
To preview the video lessons, visit advanced chromatic exercises.
On this page, you’ll find video lessons for how to play the add9, sus2, sus4, 7sus4, 6 and dim7 chords.
Sounds complicated but you’d be surprised how easy this language is. A 6 chord, for example, is simply a major chord with an added 6th interval.
In the advanced course, we go into more detail about how to build these chords. To preview the video lessons, go to more chords.
You won’t need to spend much time with these and once completed, you can develop them and even write your own exercises.
You’ll learn more about developing exercises when you take the advanced course.
To see the video lessons already now, go to advanced rhythmical exercises.
You need to first learn them in all shapes before you connect them up and down the neck. To completely master a modal shape, we finally run it through the cycle of 4th.
Of course, there is no point playing any scale if you can’t apply it, so in the course, we use real musical examples from famous songs.
To preview the scale video lessons, go to advanced scales.
All chords are still organised in the same way, the same system simply extends to include modes and arpeggios.
There may be twelve keys but they all work in exactly the same way.
Use the advanced songwriters swivel to keep track of them all.