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Watch the i iv: Area 1 online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: CAGED Comping

This lesson covers area one of the A minor to D minor progression. Area one will be in the 5th position on the fingerboard. For the A minor chord you will use the E minor form from the EDCAG system. This chord form is always voiced from low to high as follows: 1 5 1 b3 5 1. To build the arpeggio for this chord in 5th position you simply need to add the b3 on the sixth string and the first string both of which occur in the 8th fret. All arpeggios are indicated in red in the diagrams. For the D minor chord you will use the A minor form from the EDCAG system. This chord form is voiced from low to high as follows: 1 5 1 b3 5.To build the arpeggio for this chord simply add the 5 in the 5th fret of the sixth string and then add the b3 in the 8th fret of the fifth string.

Notice that the root of the A minor becomes the 5 of the D minor. Learn this common tone and use it in your rhythm work and soloing. Likewise the 5 of the A minor chord will always move up one half step to the b3 of the D minor chord and the b3 of the A minor chord will always move up one whole step to the root of the D minor chord. Learn these intervallic moves as they will always remain the same no matter what key you are in.

There are two ways to label this progression. The street key would be A minor therefore A minor to D minor would be labeled as a i iv progression in the key of A minor. The theoretical key for this progression is C major: the A minor chord is the vi chord and the D minor is the ii chord. Therefore the respective modes are Aeolian and Dorian. The black numbers on the diagrams add the four notes to the three note minor arpeggios thus creating the appropriate modes.