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

This lesson covers area one of the A minor, E minor, D minor progression. Area one will be in the 4th/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 voiced from low to high as follows: 1 5 1 b3 5 1. To build the arpeggio for this chord in 5th position, add the b3 in the 8th fret of the sixth and first strings. For the E minor chord you will use the C minor form from the EDCAG system. This chord is voiced from low to high as follows: 1 b3 5 1. To build the arpeggio for this chord in 4th position, add the b3 in the 3rd fret of the sixth and first strings and the 5 in the 7th fret of the sixth and first strings. For the D minor chord you will use the A minor form from the EDCAG system. This chord is voiced from low to high as follows: 1 5 1 b3 5. To build the arpeggio for this chord in 5th position, add the 5 in the 5th fret of the sixth string and the b3 in the 8th fret of the fifth string.

There are two ways to label this progression. The street key would be A minor therefore A minor to E minor to D minor would be labeled as a i v 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, the E minor chord is the iii chord and the D minor is the ii chord. Therefore the respective modes are Aeolian, Phrygian and Dorian. The black numbers on the diagrams add the four notes to the three note minor arpeggios thus creating the appropriate modes.