Master Chord Progression

Master the chords around each scale shape

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All chords around the scale shapes, moving down

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These are the final exercises focusing on chords around the major scale (Ionian).

Every exercise has a playlist with five videos, one for each scale shape.

In the master course, we combine these exercises with practising arpeggios at the same time. This speeds up the learning process.

The aim with all master exercises is to tie a spiders net of music theory together for your hands. The clearer the connection is between the chord – roman numeral – pentatonic – mode – arpeggio – chord extension, the better.

The first exercise moves backwards, down the scale, like this: I – VII – VI – V – IV -III – II – I.

Play through each shape to a click, pushing the BPM. When you can do it, move on to the cycle of 4th exercise.

Chords through the cycle of 4th

This cycle of 4th exercise does not use only perfect 4th intervals. Between chord IV and VII we get a #4.

The full exercise goes like this:

I – IV – VII – III – VI – II – V

Call out the chord numbers as you go along.

For maximum effect, sing each root note.

When you can play this, also try other keys before you move on and play using the cycle of 3rd.

Chords through the cycle of 3rd

Let’s take a look at how to play through all the chords around a major scale shape using the cycle of 3rd.

This movement is very common in songs, for maximum effect, sing the root notes as you play the exercise.

The cycle of 3rd within the scale shape exercise reads:

I – III – V – VII – II – IV – VI

Notice how the third interval is sometimes minor, sometimes major.

The third of each chord tells you where the next chord starts.

Master chord progression exercise

This master exercise combines all previous exercises. For best results, sing along with the numbers in correct pitch.

The full master exercise goes like this:

  • I – II – III – IV – V – VI – VII (up the scale)
  • I – VII – VI – V – IV – III – II (down the scale)
  • I – IV – VII – III – VI – II – V (cycle of 4th)
  • I – III – V – VII – II – IV – VI (cycle of 3rd)

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