Semester 2 Contents


  • Understanding common chord extensions
  • Major and Minor 7 intervals
  • Minor 7 chord
  • Major 7 chord
  • Dominant 7 chord
  • Minor 7 flat 5 / Half-diminished chord
  • EAR: Hearing Intervals we've used so far: 1 to 5, 7s, 8
  • QUIZ: The "7" Chord Quiz

  • Where "7" chords fit in the number system
  • Practical uses of "7" chords
  • Flipping Major 7 and Dominant 7 in all 5 shapes
  • Flipping Minor 7 and m7(b5) in 3 shapes
  • PRACTICE: Chord Progression exercises with "7" chords

  • Finishing out the Modes
  • Lydian scale
  • Connecting Phrygian to Lydian
  • Mixolydian scale
  • Connecting Phrygian to Lydian to Mixolydian
  • Locrian scale
  • Connecting all 7 modes
  • PRACTICE: Solo examples in all 7 modes

  • EAR: Perfect 4th interval
  • Understanding sus2 and sus4 chords
  • Where "sus" chords fit in the Number System
  • Practical uses of "sus" chords
  • Understanding Add9 chords
  • Practical uses of "add9" chords
  • QUIZ: The "2/4/9" Chord Quiz
  • PRACTICE: 2/4/9 chord exercises

  • Key of C shapes (Number System and how to capo)
  • Key of A shapes (Number System and how to capo)
  • QUIZ: Chords in the key of C
  • QUIZ: Chords in the key of A
  • The concept of Drop D / power chord riffs on 3 low strings
  • Full chord voicing examples in Drop D
  • Scale modification examples in Drop D
  • QUIZ: Drop D voicings
  • PRACTICE: The Number System in the key of C
  • PRACTICE: The Number System in the key of A
  • PRACTICE: Drop D examples / create your own to rhythm track

  • Conscious note choices & percussive soloing
  • Seeing the chords in the scale
  • EAR: "Wrong notes" vs. right notes
  • Arpeggios, common chord notes, tension & release
  • PRACTICE: Harmonic visualization + tension/release exercises

  • Refresh: The Pentatonic scale
  • EAR: Hearing the Pentatonic scale
  • Minor Pentatonic and its neighbors (home base)
  • The Blues Scale (use with caution...) - introduction to passing notes
  • Adding Dorian and Phrygian Pentatonic
  • Connecting all 5 Pentatonic positions
  • Adding vibrato to a bend
  • Soulful phrasing
  • PRACTICE: Monster Pentatonic exercise

  • Common use of Pentatonics as "temporary alternate key base"
  • The CAGED System and the Minor / Major Pentatonics from different strings (fwd / bckw)
  • QUIZ: Pentatonic Extensions of CAGED chords
  • PRACTICE: "Harmonically intelligent" Pentatonic soloing over chord changes

  • Percussive Octaves - Rhythm or Lead?
  • Percussive single-notes / scraping or strumming into a note
  • Introduction to partial shapes
  • Partial chord shapes on GBE strings
  • Partial chord shapes on ADG strings
  • Applying chord extensions to partial shapes
  • QUIZ: Partial chord shapes
  • PRACTICE: Partial chords + percussive rhythm/lead exercises

  • Introduction to open voicings
  • The "cover concept"
  • E A C D cover examples
  • The "outside octave" concept with G
  • The parallel moving 3rds ("cover 2") concept
  • D2, A2, Em "cover 2" examples in key of D
  • PRACTICE: Combining open concepts in song examples
  • QUIZ: Open chord shapes
  • Applying open voicings to Fingerstyle
  • PRACTICE: More advanced Fingerstyle application

  • Scale/chord relationships and how to visualize
  • Scale / chord visualization in key of G
  • Scale / chord visualization in key of D
  • Scale / chord visualization in key of E
  • Scale / chord visualization in key of C
  • Scale / chord visualization in key of A
  • QUIZ: Scale / chord visualization
  • PRACTICE: Strumming & Fingerstyle application of scale/chord combos in all keys

  • EXTENDED RHYTHM PRACTICE: 2/4/7 chord exercises / create your own to track
  • EXTENDED RHYTHM PRACTICE: Partial and open chord exercises / create your own to track

  • EXTENDED LEAD PRACTICE: Solo examples in all 7 modes / create your own to track
  • EXTENDED LEAD PRACTICE: Pentatonic soloing / create your own to track

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