What’s going on everybody, Sean Daniel here with Guitar Control. Today we are going to make some connections that I think is really super, super important for your fundamental understanding of the fret board and how to just connect chords with maybe single line arpeggios or scales. So I think this is a really important lesson for anybody to know for any skill level. And I’m going to tab everything out that we’re doing here. So make sure you click the link below to grab the tab and let’s jump right into it. So basically what we’re going to do is we’re going to play all the seven chords in one key just like this.
Then the next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to add all of the notes that make up those chords. So if you’ve never really thought about, “Okay, maybe I know a G major chord,” whether it’s open or whether it’s a bar chord, it’s like, okay, well that’s actually a G a, B, and a D note. If you’ve never thought about that, this is a perfect lesson for you because it doesn’t require any music theory. It really just requires a couple of shapes and then going through what’s called the chord scale. Alright, now a chord scale is just like if you’ve ever heard of the major scale, those are just the single notes that sound good together in one key. A chord scale or all the chords that sound good together. We’ve done other videos on the Guitar Control channel about this, so make sure you click around and just look look through the other videos that I’ve taught to get a full understanding of this, but I’m just going to breeze through it, is that the seven main notes in the scale, which means there’s seven main chords in the scale. Any one of these become chords.
So that’s the chord version of every one of those notes. All right, so when you play them as such, we can end up with these big full chord voicing or we can play the notes one note at a time like … so all together, the entire exercise is going to sound like this.
Really, really actually easier than it may seem at first. So let’s just get started. This is going to be in the people’s key, the key G. We’ve got this G major court. Right now I’m playing a bar chord, you can play any G major chords you want, but for the purpose of the tab, it’s going to look like this. I’m barring the third fret, my ring finger is grabbing the fifth fret of the A string, my pinky’s got the fifth fret and the D string. My middle finger has the fourth fret on the G string. And again, the high E string and the B string are both the third fret like that. Now the way I’m playing it, I’m hitting the root note first and then storming the chord. Okay. Hitting that root note first establishes G major and then reinforces the major or minor chord structure into your ears.
And of the main chords in the key, in any key, three of them are major, three of them are minor, and one of them is a little different, which we’re going to get to in a second. All right, so we have this shape, this major shape, the root cord, and then we’re going to take this one arpeggio shape where we’re just taking the notes in the scale that make up this chord, a G, a B, and D. Now it’s really helpful to know the names of the notes, but it’s not necessary for this. We just need this one shape where we have a root note. We’re going to go two frets higher, two frets higher from there. So this is all on the low E string.
And then when you lead with your ring finger to get that third note, three, five, seven, you’re pulling your finger should line up close to the fifth fret on the A string and then go straight down to the fifth fret on the D string. Three E, five E, seven E, five A, five D. So G chord, the notes in the G chord, that ends up happening being a G, A, B, D, G. Again, the main ones are just the G, the B and the D make up the chord.
But the nice thing about that note right there, the fifth fret on the E string, is it leads us into the next thing, right? So we’re going to do that for pretty much every one of these chords, right? So this being the first note in the key of G, this is the first chord and the key of G, G major. Now the next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to go two frets higher to the fifth fret, A and play A minor. You could also play A minor open too. But the nice thing about doing it this way is all of these shapes become moveable.
Now we’re going to do pretty much the exact same shape with one small variation. So first of all, the chord is just like the first chord, but with your middle finger up and so it’s five E, seven A, seven D, five G, B, D, all the way down. If you can’t get all six of the strings to ring out, don’t worry about it. This is really just as much a conceptual exercise as it is a bar chord hand positioning exercise. All right, so we’ve got the A root, the chord, and then just like before we have a root note, two frets higher, but instead of going two frets higher from there, we’re actually going to go just one fret higher. Five E, seven E, eight E, seven A, seven D. Okay, so the third note in this little run is called a flat three because again, major was two frets away, minor has a flat third, which is three frets away from the root known or one fret away from the second known in there. Okay, so now we have a G chord, a major arpeggio, an A minor chord, a minor arpeggio. Next thing is we’re going to take the third note and the key of G, which is B, seventh fret, and do the same thing.
This is just a B minor, so you don’t even have to know what the notes of the B minor are. Really, this shape will give you the first, the flat three and the five and then the octave again, which is the first note at a higher pitch. Seven E, nine E, is that flat third, 10 E, nine A, nine D. So together we’ve have the G, and it’s chord, and the G major arpeggio, A minor chord, A minor, B minor chord, B minor. Next one is going to be a C, but I want to switch to the A string. Now when I say switch to the A string, that just means we’re rooting the next chord on the third fret of the A string right here. Okay, so really, really super easy. Three, five, seven, five D, five G. Everything else stays the same about that arpeggio, but now we’re just rooting the cord here.
So the only way I changed the shape of the chord is by now I’ve got this double bar chord thing. Some people may have seen this shape before where it’s three A, five, five, five, D, G, and B. And then optionally the third fret on the high string if you like. I kind of like playing either with two fingers, my pointer finger has got the third friend of the A string. Then my pinky’s got D, G, and B on my ring finger. Just contextually wherever I happen to be this is what ends up getting the ring finger or the pinky. But now you do the same thing, root chord and then the exact same arpeggio but now rooting it on the third fret of the A string. So that’s the fourth chord. G major one chord, arpeggio. The two chord is A minor, the three chord is B minor, the four chord is C major, the five chord is D major. The exact same thing we just did on the C but now we’re two frets higher so the fifth fret of the A string is a D note. Which you already knew from the G, A, B, D. Now we’re rooting here.
And same thing, root chord, major arpeggio. So you already noticed that the one, four and five are the same arpeggio was really, is like a very bluesy thing. You just play the one, four, and five, you don’t even need minor chords. You can just go the one chord, the four chord, to the five chord. So this has value aside from just being an exercise to practice some of this stuff. It’s really just looking at the fret board and really just making sense of the entire thing. Now we’re on the six chord right here, the seventh fret of the A string is an E. We’re going to make an E minor chord, which is the same shape that we did for G major but rooted on the A string, seventh fret. So seven A, nine D with my ring finger, nine G with my pinky, middle finger, A, B, root chord, and then the exact same arpeggio that we did on the A and the B, then E.
So you’ll see that it’s really just a couple of different shapes that we can move around however you want. All right, so G major, let’s do the whole thing. A minor, D minor, C major, D major, E minor. And finally, what’s this?
The seventh chord in the key of G is F sharp, ninth fret. This is a much different chord. This is called a minor seven flat five chord. You see this is a half diminished chord, a diminished chord but I want to use this chord voice because it’s actually really, really easy to do. I think it’s actually probably the easiest one about how all the seven that we’ve done. Your root note is the F sharp, the ninth fret and the A string. Your ring finger is 10 G, your middle finger is 10 D, your middle finger is nine G and your pinky is 10 B.
Minor seven flat five, a very fancy chord. So really, we could pretend this as a minor arpeggio, just like the other ones. But instead of going here, we’re going to flatten the five too so we have nine A, 12 A, 10 D, and then the octave, 11 G.
But it’s not done, no, no, no. Instead of grabbing the two right here, we’re going to grab a flat two as well, which we’re going to get to in a second.
This is going to be the tricky one, the different one, that’s why it’s so special. Nine, ten, 12, 10 D, 11 G. F sharp chord, one flat two, three flat five, A. Very signature sound for this one. And then the next one, the tenth fret on the A string is G and then that just takes us home.
So the same chord shape. We’re not going to do the arpeggio, you could if you want, you know the arpeggio already, we’re just going to hit it here. So the entire exercise sounds like this. G major chord, major arpeggio, A minor chord, five seven eight seven seven, B minor, C major, D major, E minor, F sharp minor seven flat five, G and then two at the end. I almost tricked myself into playing that arpeggio at the end. But anyway, very helpful exercise you can use in any key. You can move everything up one fret. Do it in the key of A flat or G sharp, move it up two frets, do all the chords in the key of A, whatever they are, you have to know that the exercise is always going to hold true. All the spacing between these chords is always going to be exactly the same. So definitely make sure you get this under your belt, under your fingers, because it’s a super important lesson that I think will make everything easy once you can do that. And once you conceptually understand where all these notes are, where all these chords are, your playing will really take off as mine did once I really started concentrating on the chords in the key instead of just trying to memorize like hundreds and hundreds of songs, right?
So definitely make sure you click the link below, get the tab for all of it, and then check out some of these other great guitar control videos by myself, other great instructors, always looking for your feedback. Let us know what you want to see and we’ll talk to you all soon. Thanks a lot.