Extend barre chords Guitar Lesson – Step 4

Chords Guitar Lesson - S4
Let's now extend all those barre chords from triads into min7, maj7, dom7, and min7b5. We use all shapes and keys!

Extend Your Barre Chord Shapes From Triads To 7th-Note Chords

Once you know your barre chord shapes, the next step is to extend them to maj7, dom7, min7, and min7b5.

The videos above use the same concept as when you connected your barre chord shapes. The difference is that now we play first the triad, then the extension.

The exercises move from major to maj7, from major to dom7, and minor to min7. Doing it this way will enable you to hear and see which note changes.

The final chord, Am7b5 is played coming from an Am7.

When you can play them like this, one after another in A, carry on through all remaining notes.

You could use the cycle of 4th for this, meaning the next one is Dmaj7, Ddom7, Dm7, Dm7b5, climbing up through all shapes. Then move on to G, C, F, Bb, etc.

When you can do this comfortably, the next step is to play an exercise using the cycle of 4th, but moving to the closest shape possible.

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Chords | Step-by-step guitar course

This is lesson 4 where we extend all our CAGED chords to maj7, dom7, min7 and min7b5 in this Guitar Chords Course.

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.


Chordacus can display all these extended CAGED chords.

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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