Intermediate Chordacus

See the entire fretboard with Chordacus

Barre Chords and Pentatonic scales all over the fretboard

Chordacus is a software tool that you can use to see chords and scales in different keys and shapes on the guitar fretboard.

All chords and scales have the same color coordination system in order for you to learn and remember the shapes as easily as possible.

During the intermediate course, you learn all your barre chord shapes. This is when Chordacus starts to become useful as it can move them to different keys and shapes.

We also study the pentatonic scales. When you learn these you will still see the barre chord shape inside the scale shape.

This will help you visualize and understand how musical harmony actually works on the guitar fretboard.

Find out more about what the scales you learn in the course look like in Chordacus by following the links below.


C Major Pentatonic scale – E shape

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Major Pentatonic in Chordacus

Let’s start with looking at the E shaped barre chord and how it is developed into an E-shaped Major Pentatonic.

  • Chord notes (Root, minor 3rd, 5th) are red
  • Notes from the Major Pentatonic (2nd, 6th) are yellow

C Minor Pentatonic scale – Em shape

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Minor Pentatonic in Chordacus

Here we can see the Em barre chord shape and how it is developed into an Em shaped Minor Pentatonic.

  • Chord notes (Root, minor 3rd, 5th) are red
  • Notes from the Minor Pentatonic are blue

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Cm Blues scale – Em shape

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The Blues scale in Chordacus

Add a b5 to the minor pentatonic and you get the Blues scale.

  • Chord notes (Root, minor 3rd, 5th) are red
  • Notes from the Minor Pentatonic are blue
  • The b5 is dark blue

Cm Conspirian scale – Em shape

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Conspirian in Chordacus

By adding a maj7 to the Blues scale we get the Conspirian scale.

  • Notes from the Minor Pentatonic are blue
  • The b5 is dark blue
  • The maj7 is turquoise

Related Pages


Course

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

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all lessons in the intermediate course, go to Intermediate Guitar Course


Exercises

All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

You’ll map out the entire fretboard at this stage. Chord progressions become easier to see once played as barre chords and little licks will start appearing in your playing.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Intermediate Guitar Lessons


Tunes

Learn how to play famous intermediate songs.

‘1234’, ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. ‘American Pie’, ‘Angie’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, ‘Dreadlock Holiday’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’, ‘Fast Car’, ‘Hey There Delilah’, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, ‘I’m Yours’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Last Request’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Red’, ‘The Scientist’, ‘Starman’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, and ‘Whistle For The Choir’.

To preview each song, go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs


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A monthly subscription with access to all acoustic and electric step by step lessons, each one designed to bring your guitar playing skills to the next level.

Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

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