WARNING! Really bad typo at 08:39- A major is A + C# + E!!!!
Chord Formula PDF + Mp3 posted at my Patreon: https://bit.ly/2F9pYwz
Skip to 14:07 to hear the seventh chord jam! This video teaches the basic structure behind major seventh (maj7), minor seventh (m7) and Dominant Seventh (7th) chords, as well as how to play them as a guitarist and how to use them when writing. They do fit into our major keys and modes which means soloing and singing over them should be a breeze as long as you’re putting them in the right spot.
The concept I’m teaching is commonly referred to as the “harmonized major scale”. For many guitarists, this concept isn’t very intuitive due to the geometry of our instrument. Therefore I prefer to teach this “shortcut method” to harmony before exploring actual extended chords and harmonies. I do recommend you continue your research into this topic by googling and watching videos on “the harmonized major scale”. I’ve also skipped over the vii chord since this video is NOT about diminished- I have other videos on that chord!
In addition to writing chord progressions using extended chords and staying in key, I also include several methods to writing without adhering to a key. Also I include fairly detailed walkthrough of how to take this concept and actually apply it by producing a jam section using the chords taught in this video.

Prerequisite Learning-
Scale Degrees: https://youtu.be/tojM1qapHSU
Diatonic Major Scale Chords: https://youtu.be/M8eItITv8QA
Diatonic Minor Scale Chords: https://youtu.be/j-j4g0ktPGw
Relative Modes: https://youtu.be/lPDVo-7Ua28

These videos would not exist as they do today if it weren’t for the support of the fine folks who have donated to my Patreon. If you enjoy these videos you owe them a debt of gratitude, especially the following people:

Linas Orentas
Marek Pawlowski
John Arnold
Christopher Swanson
Marc Bulandr
Bradley Bower
Alvaro Begue-Aguado
Don Watters
Don Dachenhousen III
Patrick Ryan


Free online guitar lessons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. Located in Crystal Lake, Jake Lizzio provides free jam tracks and video lessons for guitar players, as well as music theory videos and other music education content.

Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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Music Theory and Songwriting Course FAQs

Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
I can confidently say that this method of learning will be more effective and valuable for many types of students. Since there is no wasted time or filler, it is more time-efficient than real life lessons where the teacher or student can get distracted. The printable materials are of a higher quality than most private lessons. And the ability to replay a lesson over and over is invaluable for students struggling to understand difficult topics.
Not quite- my YouTube channel explores more advanced topics without explaining the prerequisites. 95% of the content in this course is totally unique and unexplored on my channel, and is taught in a linear fashion as to make sure you’re totally competent by the end. There are only two lessons that include cross over with my YouTube channel. However, after some lessons, you are directed to specific YouTube videos I’ve produced to help expand on your understanding of the previous topics and to help weave my channel in with the course.
Nope! Once purchased you’ll have access for life, including any additional lessons or worksheets that get added in over time.
Currently, no. But I am working on getting a physical version of the course made instead of digital-only. Stay tuned!
If you are not satisfied with the course content or accessibility, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
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Reach out to me directly on my email and let me know your situation, I might be able to help =)