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Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions (Guitar Lesson)


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David Isaacs

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord theory. Beginners may get something out of this but it is aimed at intermediate players.

Taught by David Isaacs in Effortless Guitar seriesLength: 9:42Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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bildas@gmail.combildas@gmail.com replied on January 6th, 2016

Really enjoyable lesson, love these chord progressions. Good teaching!

paj777paj777 replied on October 23rd, 2012

This was a great lesson! Have been considering non-diatonic chords for some time, this is jus what I needed. More like this please.

boulezboulez replied on May 26th, 2012

I really enjoy the lessons and hope that many more will follow.

boulezboulez replied on May 26th, 2012

Love the lessons! A quick question. I would have said that the C6 chord that you played was a first inversion am chord. Is that correct? I wondered if the G note had to be there for it to be a C6 chord. Many thanks.

rjungrjung replied on May 26th, 2012

Good stuff Dave; I really like the content of your lessons and your teaching style. Keep them coming and thanks!

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Effortless Guitar With Dave Isaacs.



Lesson 1

Effortless Guitar Primer

JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with a focus on efficiency of motion.

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Left Hand Technique

Dave Isaacs takes a look at left hand technique with this lesson. He explains how the hand works with the neck and fretboard and corrects some common mistakes most beginners and intermediate level players...

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Flat Picking Technique

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Length: 9:39 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Drummer In Your Right Hand

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Building Chords From Scales

Dave teaches you how to open up the fretboard by learning chords built from scales. In this lesson and most lessons in his series, Dave assumes that the student knows the major and minor scales as well...

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Economical Chord Changes

Building upon his last lesson, Dave shows you some ways to change between chords efficiently. This lesson is aimed at self-taught intermediate players but may benefit beginners as well.

Length: 7:32 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Barre Chords

Dave Isaacs continues his lessons on chord technique with this lesson on barre chords (also known as bar chords). In this lesson he shows simple but effective ways to play barre chords efficiently. He...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Dave shows you how to connect a chord together in a progression even if it is not in the same diatonic key of the progression. In this lesson Dave assumes you have some basic knowledge of scale and chord...

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerstyle Technique

David Isaacs explores the intricacies of fingerstyle picking and the different methods that can be used. He explains how your right hand works while fingerpicking and how to find what works for you.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Adding Melody To Your Arpeggio Patterns

Dave Isaacs shows you how to add melody lines to your fingerstyle arpeggio progressions. As with all his lessons in this series a certain amount of knowledge is assumed and Dave focuses on helping you...

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Effective Practice Habits For Adults

Dave lays out his life long experiences related to practicing and guitar. If you have limited time to practice and want to get the most out of your time, you need to watch this lesson.

Length: 8:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About David Isaacs View Full Biography Nashville-based Dave Isaacs has made a name for himself as one of Music City's top guitar instructors, working with both professional and aspiring songwriters and artists at his Music Row teaching studio. He is also an instructor in the music department at Tennessee State University and is the coordinator and artistic director of the annual TSU Guitar Summit.

A seasoned performer as well, Dave has released eight independent CDs and gigs steadily as a solo artist, bandleader, and sideman. He continues to write, record, and perform as well as arranging and producing projects for other artists.

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