Chords master exercise Guitar Lesson – Step 8

Chords Guitar Lesson - S8
In this final step, we bring it all together in a comprehensive master exercise. When you can play this, you can stop practicing chords!

You Can Master All 7th-Note Chords

There is nothing new here. This master exercise combines all previous exercises. For best results, sing along with the numbers at the correct pitch.

The full master exercise goes like this:

  • I – II – III – IV – V – VI – VII (up the scale)
  • I – VII – VI – V – IV – III – II (down the scale)
  • I – IV – VII – III – VI – II – V (cycle of 4th)
  • I – III – V – VII – II – IV – VI (cycle of 3rd)

All you have to do is check that you’re playing this correctly in the key of A, along with the videos above.

Then do it in the 11 remaining keys. If you can do this, you know your chords and can stop practising them all. You have reached the goal of the self-eliminating practice routine – to stop practising chords.

Chords | Related Pages

Chords | Step-by-step guitar course

This is the final step in this Guitar Chords Course, the chords master exercise.

The CAGED system is the best way to organize the guitar fretboard. Starting with the open-position chords, we extend and connect them in this chords course.

Follow the 8 steps of the self-eliminating practice routine to map out the fretboard, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Arpeggios | Ionian

Do compare this chords master exercise with the Arpeggio master exercise.

In this final step, we play all arpeggios around the Ionian CAGED shapes. This is easy if you can play all CAGED chords around the major scale.

Videos demonstrate this in the key of A. To complete this step and master the CAGED arpeggio shapes, you must practice in all keys.


Chordacus can show you all CAGED chords in all keys and positions.

Spytunes chords, scale, and arpeggio software, Chordacus is a refined version of the so-called CAGED system.

Now available as both a chromatic (original version) and “within a key”, developed with the help of a Spytunes student.

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This guitar lesson on a chords master exercise was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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