Author - Dan Lundholm

Modal Interchange – Step 8

Let’s keep this short and sweet! Normally, step 8 is the finale, where it gets really complicated, not so here! It’s very dangerous territory to learn these...

Tritone Substitution – Step 7

How to Tritone Substitute! Let’s talk about the king of substitutions – The tritone substitution. Here’s how it works: The purpose of a tritone substitution is to...

bVIIx & bIIIx chords – Step 6

X chords to the next level! Another, very common variation we can make to our friends the Roman Numerals is to flatten them. In this step we discuss the bVIIx and bIIIx...

IIx, IIIx & VIx chords – Step 5

The X chords! The final piece of my understanding of chord progressions came from reading a book by John Meheegan. He described the Roman Numerals as upper case only and...

Im, IVm & Vm chords – Step 4

The m chords! When harmonizing the major scale, we naturally get major chords for chord I, IV and V, just like we naturally get minor chords for chord II, III and VI...

The Blues – Step 3

The most important variation that started it all! When the Blues first began to evolve, being accompanied by a guitar, the instruments were of low quality with very high...

In A Minor Key – Step 2

A fork in the road! In the last step, we discussed how we can harmonize the major scale and build chord progressions using Roman Numerals. All discussed in step 1 is...

Harmonize The Major Scale – Step 1

Start by finding a key center! All songs have a key center, this means that a song is “in the key of”. Every key has seven chords and you can number them from one to...

Chord Progression

Discover the contradictory world of chord progressions! These guitar lessons don’t have any exercises, instead I talk about how to best describe chords when they...