Extended chords closest possible shape Guitar Lesson – Step 5

Chords Guitar Lesson - S5
Here we look at playing all the 7th-note chords through the cycle of 4th!

Run The Chord Shapes Through The Cycle Of 4th

These exercises deal with the cycle of 4th in a new way. Instead of moving a 4th up and down the neck, we now start moving to the closest chord shape possible.

Start at the 5th fret (that’s the E-shaped A or Am chord) find the closest possible shape and play your next chord from here.

The exercise runs like this: A chord (E shape) – D chord (A shape) – G chord (D shape) – C chord (G shape) – F chord (C shape).

From here you can play the same shapes again, just starting from a Bb chord.

To complete this step won’t take long, all you have to do is keep climbing up the fretboard until you reach an A chord in a D shape.

In the next step, we start playing in a key as we harmonize the major scale, in all five shapes, of course!

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Chords | Step-by-step guitar course

The extended chords are put through the cycle of 4th in this 5th lesson from the 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 extended CAGED chords in all keys.

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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