Advanced Songwriters Swivel

See all the keys, modes, chords and arpeggios with the SWS

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Understanding the SWS

To understand music on the guitar you need to associate the chords in a key with roman numerals.

From this starting point, we can expand and find all other concepts we need when playing the guitar.

For chord VI this would be a minor chord, a minor pentatonic, a min7 arpeggio and the Aeolian mode.

Since all these relate to the same shapes, this doesn’t take long to learn.

In the advanced guitar course, you learn how to extend to 7th note chords, how to play the arpeggios and build the modes.

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To build the modes we add two notes to the Minor Pentatonic (2 & 6).

Similarly, to build the major modes we add two notes to the Major Pentatonic (4 and 7).

Use the SWS to find what chords and therefore modes and arpeggios are available for each key.

Putting this together in the SWS and we get the diagram below.

I
II
III
IV
V
VI
VII
Chord
maj7
min7
min7
maj7
dom7
min7
min7b5
Pent
maj
min
min
maj
majmin
arpeggio
Add
4 + 7
2 + 6
b2 + b6
#4 + 7
4 + b7
2 + b6
N/A
Mode
Ionian
Dorian
Phrygian
Lydian
Mixolydian
Aeolian
(Locrian)

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