Course description:

This course is a complete guide to 7th chord arpeggios for guitar.

The course presents two fingering approaches in parallel: the widely-accepted "CAGED" system utilized by the world's most prominent guitarists and teachers, and and the equally useful but less commonly taught, Two-Note-Per-String (2NPS) system.

By combining these complimentary approaches, we'll develop phrasing that moves horizontally, vertically, and diagonally; allowing for great physical freedom and harmonic awareness of the fret-board, while anchoring the patterns to common chord voicings.

Though this course includes music theory, its primary focus is on the practicalities of recognizing, practicing, and memorizing 7th chord arpeggios & cycle of fourths progressions from the Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor scales, in every key, on the guitar.

What's included?

  • Video Lessons

    4K videos with multiple camera angles. Speed controls for convenient practicing, checking fingering solutions, etc.

  • PDF Notation & TAB

    Hundreds of pages of PDFs with standard notation & TAB, text explanations, & fret-board diagrams.

  • Interactive Forums

    Discussion forums are included for each course chapter. Dan will personally reply and clarify any point in question.

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Course objectives:

7th chord arpeggios & cycle of fourths progressions are some of the most prominent structures in all music; they are an excellent investment of your practice time, regardless of style, genre, or level.

Your reading, aural skills, and technique will continually improve if you integrate this material into your daily practice; the course closes with a detailed six-week practice plan to show you how.  

Course curriculum

  • 2
    C Major 7th Arpeggio in the Five "CAGED" Forms
  • 3
    C Major 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
    • C Major 7th Arpeggio from the 3rd & 5th (2NPS)
    • C Major 7th Arpeggio from the 7th & Root (2NPS)
    • Discussion: C Major 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
  • 4
    G Dominant 7th Arpeggio in the Five "CAGED" Forms
    • G Dominant 7th Arpeggio in the "C" & "A" "CAGED" Forms
    • G Dominant 7th Arpeggio in the "G", "E", & "D" "CAGED" Forms
    • G Dominant 7th Arpeggios: Combining the Five "CAGED" Forms in Improvisation
    • Discussion: G Dominant 7th Arpeggio in The Five "CAGED" Forms
  • 5
    G Dominant 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
    • G Dominant 7th Arpeggio from the 7th & Root (2NPS)
    • G Dominant 7th Arpeggio from the 3rd & 5th (2NPS)
    • Discussion: G Dominant 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
  • 6
    D Minor 7th Arpeggio in the Five "CAGED" Forms
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio in the "C" "CAGED" Form
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio in the "A" "CAGED" Form
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio in the "G" "CAGED" Form
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio in the "E" "CAGED" Form
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio in the "D" "CAGED" Form
    • Discussion: D Minor 7th Arpeggio in The Five "CAGED" Forms
  • 7
    D Minor 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio from the 3rd & the 5th (2NPS)
    • D Minor 7th arpeggio from the 7th & Root (2NPS)
    • Discussion: D Minor 7th Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
  • 8
    B Minor 7♭5 Arpeggio in the Five "CAGED" Forms
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio in the "C" "CAGED" Form
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio in the "A" "CAGED" Form
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio in the "G" "CAGED" Form
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio in the "E" "CAGED" Form
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio in the "D" "CAGED" Form
    • Discussion: B Minor 7♭5 Arpeggio in The Five "CAGED" Forms
  • 9
    B Minor 7♭5 Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio from the 5th & 7th (2NPS)
    • B Minor 7♭5 arpeggio from the Root & 3rd (2NPS)
    • Discussion: B Minor 7♭5 Arpeggio: Two-Notes-Per-String (2NPS)
  • 10
    10 Realizations: PDF Scores, Commentaries, & Performances
    • C Form Realization 1
    • Commentary 1 (C Form Realization 1)
    • C Form Realization 2
    • Commentary 2 (C Form Realization 2)
    • A Form Realization 1
    • Commentary 3 (A Form Realization 1)
    • A Form Realization 2
    • Commentary 4 (A Form Realization 2)
    • G Form Realization 1
    • Commentary 5 (G Form Realization 1)
    • G Form Realization 2
    • Commentary 6 (G Form Realization 2)
    • E Form Realization 1
    • Commentary 7 (E Form Realization 1)
    • E Form Realization 2
    • Commentary 8 (E Form Realization 2)
    • D Form Realization 1
    • Commentary 9 (D Form Realization 1)
    • D Form Realization 2
    • Commentary 10 (D Form Realization 2)
    • Complete Performance of 10 C Major Realizations
    • Discussion: 10 Realizations: PDF Scores, Commentaries, & Performances
  • 11
    A Systematic Approach to Practicing 7th Chord Arpeggios & Cycle 4 Progressions in All Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor Keys: 36-Day Training Cycle & Course Outro
    • 36-Day Training Cycle Explanation & Course Outro
    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • Day 3
    • Day 4
    • Day 5
    • Day 6
    • Day 7
    • Day 8
    • Day 9
    • Day 10
    • Day 11
    • Day 12
    • Day 13
    • Day 14
    • Day 15
    • Day 16
    • Day 17
    • Day 18
    • Day 19
    • Day 20
    • Day 21
    • Day 22
    • Day 23
    • Day 24
    • Day 25
    • Day 26
    • Day 27
    • Day 28
    • Day 29
    • Day 30
    • Day 31
    • Day 32
    • Day 33
    • Day 34
    • Day 35
    • Day 36
    • ​Discussion: A Systematic Approach to Practicing 7th Chord Arpeggios & Cycle 4 Progressions in All Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor Keys: 36-Day Training Cycle & Course Outro
  • 12
    Training Files: Play-Along Audio, Leadsheets, & iReal Playlist Files
    • Major Realizations: Leadsheet
    • Major, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 90 BPM
    • Major, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 120 BPM
    • Major, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 150 BPM
    • Melodic Minor Realizations: Leadsheet
    • Melodic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 90 BPM
    • Melodic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 120 BPM
    • Melodic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 150 BPM
    • Harmonic Minor Realizations: Leadsheet
    • Harmonic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 90 BPM
    • Harmonic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 120 BPM
    • Harmonic Minor, Diatonic 7th Chords, Cycle of Fourths, Four Bars Per Chord 150 BPM
    • iReal Playlist Files Link
    • Discussion: Training Files: Play-Along Audio, Leadsheets, & iReal Playlist Files