Course description:

This course deeply explores 7th chord inversions & Cycle of Fourths progressions derived from Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor scale harmony, utilizing the nine most common (and most playable) drop voicing string sets: 

  • Drop 2 (4321, 5432, 6543)
  • Drop 3 (5321, 6432)
  • Drop 2 & 3 (5431, 6542)
  • Drop 2 & 4 (5421, 6532)

Though this course includes music theory, its primary focus is on the practicalities of recognizing, practicing, and memorizing 7th chord inversions, in all keys, in every practical position on the guitar.

Cycle of Fourths root motion is emphasized as it's the most prominent in music, from Bach, forward to traditional & modern jazz.

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.

Course objectives:

7th chord inversions form the basis of jazz & classical harmony, and as such, are one of the most productive investments of your practice time.

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

By expanding into Cycle of Fourths progressions you'll develop a strong sense of voice-leading & resolution, and also a keen ear for the building blocks of composition; a must for serious composers and improvisers! 

Course curriculum

  • 2
    C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (4321), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 3
    C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (5432), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Starting Chord: Root Position
    • Starting Chord: First Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Second Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Third Inversion
    • Vertical Practice: 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 2 (5432)
    • Vertical Practice PDF, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 2 (5432)
    • Discussion: C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (5432), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 4
    C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (6543), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Starting Chord: Root Position
    • Starting Chord: First Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Second Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Third Inversion
    • Vertical Practice: 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 2 (6543)
    • Vertical Practice PDF, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 2 (6543)
    • Discussion: C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (6543), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 5
    C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 3 Inversions (5321), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Starting Chord: Root Position
    • Starting Chord: First Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Second Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Third Inversion
    • Vertical Practice, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 3 (5321)
    • Vertical Practice PDF, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 3 (5321)
    • Discussion: C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 3 Inversions (5321), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 6
    C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 3 Inversions (6432), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Starting Chord: Root Position
    • Starting Chord: First Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Second Inversion
    • Starting Chord: Third Inversion
    • Vertical Practice, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 3 (6432)
    • Vertical Practice PDF, 7th Chord Inversions, C Major Harmonized Scale, Drop 3 (6432)
    • Discussion: C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 3 Inversions (6432), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 7
    A Melodic Minor Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 & 3 Inversions (5431&6542), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Mini-Lecture 1 of 3: Harmonized Scale & Drop Voicing Theory
    • Mini-Lecture 2 of 3: Voice-Leading & Ear-Training
    • Mini-Lecture 3 of 3: Voice-Leading & Ear-Training (Continued)
    • Discussion: A Melodic Minor Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 & 3 Inversions (5431&6542), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 8
    A Harmonic Minor Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 & 4 Inversions (5421&6532), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
    • Mini-Lecture 1 of 3: Harmonized Scale & Drop Voicing Theory
    • Mini-Lecture 2 of 3: Voice-Leading & Ear-Training
    • Mini-Lecture 3 of 3: Voice-Leading & Ear-Training (Continued)
    • Discussion: A Harmonic Minor Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 & 4 Inversions (5421&6532), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion
  • 9
    A Systematic Approach to Practicing 7th Chord Inversions & 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 Inversions & Cycle 4 Progressions in All Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor Keys: 36-Day Training Cycle & Course Outro