Intermediate Guitar Exercises

Barre chords and pentatonic scales

Chromatic, Sweeping and Rhythmical exercises

The intermediate course teaches you not just acoustic songs but how to actually crack the fretboard code.

This is achieved by studying the barre chords and pentatonic scales of each song. Doing this will outline the fretboard and make sense of how music actually works on the guitar.

As well as learning this you also practice chromatic and sweeping exercises, as well as strumming exercises.

Some of the exercises for doing all this can be previewed by following the links to each topic below.

Chord progression

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 unlock the secret to songwriting and improvisation.

Go to Intermediate chord progression.


Intermediate ChordacusCan you see every chord and scale on the fret board? Chordacus can and if you use it enough, so will you!

This chord and scale finder software will show you all barre chords and pentatonic scales in every shape and key.

Go to Intermediate chordacus.


Intermediate ChordsOn this page, you learn how to turn all your open position chords into barre chords.

The biggest misunderstanding when it comes to barre chords is that you have to play the full shape. You don’t, instead, you should play fractions of these big barre chord shapes.

Go to Intermediate chords.

Chromatic exercises

Intermediate Chromatic ExercisesYou’ll find both sweeping and speed variations of the chromatic exercise on this page.

In total, there are ten new variations to practice, all of them will improve your coordination, timing, and speed.

Go to Intermediate chromatic exercises.

Connect chords

Intermediate Connect ChordsAfter you transformed all the open position chords into barre chords you have to connect them all over the fret board.

These exercises are really important, the same approach is applied to scales and later on, the arpeggios as well.

Go to Connect chords.

Rhythmical exercises

Intermediate Rhythmical Exercises These exercises will teach you how to read rhythm, simply follow the video lesson’s instructions and play along.

When you take the step by step intermediate course, you’ll learn how to develop these into more complex exercises as well.

Go to Intermediate rhythmical exercises.


Intermediate ScalesThere are two main scales to learn at this stage, the Minor Pentatonic and the Major Pentatonic.

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.

Go to Intermediate scales.

Songwriters swivel

SWS ThumbIn the beginner course, you learned how to see a chord progression as numbers using the SWS.

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.

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