Advanced Chords

Extend all barre chord shapes

All 7th note chords

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Connect 7th notes barre chord shapes

Extend your barre chord shapes from triads to 7th note chords

Once you know your barre chord shapes, the next step is to extend them to maj7, dom7, min7 and min7b5.

The first four video lessons use the same concept as when you connected your barre chord shapes. The difference is that now we play first the triad, then the extension.

The exercises move from major to maj7, from minor to min7 and so on. Doing it this way will enable you to hear and see which note changes.

When you can play them like this, one after another, the next step is to play an exercise using the cycle of 4th.

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7th note chords and the cycle of 4th

Run the chord shapes through the cycle of 4th

These exercises deal with the cycle of 4th in a new way. Instead of moving a 4th up and down the neck, we now start moving to the closest chord shape possible.

Watch the video lessons to fully understand this concept.

Start at the 5th fret (that’s the E-shaped A or Am chord) find the closest possible shape and play your next chord from here.

The exercise runs like this: A chord (E shape) – D chord (A shape) – G chord (D shape) – C chord (G shape) – F chord (C shape).

From here you can play the same shapes again, just starting from a Bb chord. In the advanced course, you’ll find more exercises like this.

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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.

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 fret board with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Go to Advanced guitar exercises.


You can learn how to play these advanced songs on the acoustic guitar.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, 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.

Go to Advanced acoustic songs.

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