level 4 guitar lessons

Level 4 lessons take you to a stage where you can play, and solo to a good standard in most rock, pop and blues songs. It is essential you have mastered the previous lessons or have already reached a good standard. It is also essential, if you have mastered the scales at this level, that you work on you technique. See Techniques Section.


  1. E-shape barre chords
    These are shown in the chord section as well, but learning to play and understand barre chords is a lesson in itself.
  2. A-shape barre chords
    Again these are in the chord section, but it is important to be able to play these barre chords in both shapes.
  3. major/minor barre practice and groove development
    No Tab or PDF needed for this lesson. You should get it from the video.
  4. 6/8 strum patterns
    Although not as common as 4/4, 6/8 is a fairly common time signature. Following this lesson will seriously improve your rhythm playing. A couple of songs in 6/8 that spring to mind are 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen and 'We Are The Champions' by Queen.
  5. dominant 7 barre chords
    Although these appear in the chord section, they are a lesson in themselves.
  6. minor 7 barre chords
    Again in the chord section, but still a lesson.
  7. major 7 barre chords
    Yes they too are in the chord section, but needed here too.
  8. 7th barre practice and groove development
    No Tab or PDF with this one. Watch the video, it's all that's needed. Be sure to try the ideas in 3/4 and 6/8 as well.


  1. The suggested chords you should know before moving to the next level are all shown in the lessons above.


  1. Essential Scale Shapes 2
    These are the major scale, natural minor scale, major pentatonic scale, minor pentatonic scale and blues scale. These are the same scales from level 3 but are in another position on the fingerboard. This allows you to be more creative with your lead playing. Make sure you can move between the 2 positions with ease and fluency before learning more scale positions. See the video.


  1. 2 Octave Major and Minor Arpeggios
    The purpose of learning these arpeggios is to learn the names of the notes in the chords, not just the shapes. See the video.
  2. 2 octave Major, Minor and Dominant 7 Arpeggios
    These arpeggios are colour coded so you can easily identify the Root, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degrees. This enables you to 'target' certain notes when soloing. See the video.