Advanced Songwriters Swivel

The full version of the SWS

See the 7th note Chords, arpeggios and modes in each key

Understanding the SWS

As you discovered in the intermediate sws, you can organise your fretboard by deciding on the key and shape for chord I.

Here at the advanced SWS, we expand this concept to include the arpeggios and modes as well.

For example, chord I in the key of D as a C shape starts at fret 5, string 5.

Using the advanced SWS application above, you can extend this chord to a maj7, turn it into a maj7 arpeggio or an Ionian mode.

Furthermore, all other chords in this key and ‘position’ are available. For example, chord III would be the F#m in an Em shape. The mode would be Phrygian.

In the advanced guitar course, you learn how to play and apply all these concepts at the same time as you learn songs.

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Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords, arpeggios, and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course.


These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons.


Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Close To You, Creepin’ In, Don’t Wait Too Long, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven and Wish You Were Here.

To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.

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