BARRE CHORDS, PENTATONIC SCALES, CHROMATIC, SWEEPING AND RHYTHMICAL EXERCISES
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This is achieved by studying barre chords and pentatonic scales, together they will outline the fretboard and make sense of how music actually works on the guitar.
As well as learning this you also practise chromatic and sweeping exercises, as well as strumming exercises.
The exercises for doing all this can be previewed by following the links to each topic below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.