Intermediate Guitar Theory: The I-IV-V Chord Family, Partial Chords, and the DAF Chord Trick

Jim Britton

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8 Videos (40m)
    • I- IV-V Chord Theory Introduction

    • The Relationship of the I-IV-V Positions

    • Demonstration of I-IV-V Chord Positions Part I

    • Demonstration of I-IV-V Positions Part 2

    • Chord Fragments in I-IV-V Progressions

    • I-IV-V : Chord Fragments #1

    • I-IV-V: Chord Fragments #2

    • I-IV-V: Chord Fragments #3


About This Class


This lesson is for early stage intermediate guitarists, or guitarists of any skill level not familiar with this formula. This course builds upon the D-A-F formula to show you how to use partial chords to play I-IV-V progressions in any key.

This course builds upon the knowledge first introduced in the course : Guitar Lesson : The DAF Chord Trick : Learn to Play chords all over fretboard with one easy pattern.

You do not have to take that course before this one, although you may want to explore it for further context. Thes simple chord shapes are an effective way of playing chords in alternative positions on the fretboard quickly, and easily. If you don't know this trick, you will find it an invaluable tool to add to your jamming and songwriting toolbox!

Students should have basic knowledge of guitar chords, and at least some familiarity with Barre chords

By the end of this course, you will easily be able to identify how to play I-IV-V Chord progressions in any key using A shape, F shape, and D shape partial chords.






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My name is Jim Britton, and I’m pleased to make your acquaintance through Skillshare's on-line course platform. I have a background in music, business, and education. I have  spent nearly 10 years in higher education in various roles including  Director of Continuing Education and Business Training, as well as Director of Workforce Development. I also successfully served as the Program Manager of a $5 million Department of Labor Grant for the Community College System of NH. I also have 6 years on the Board of Directors of Leadership Upper Valley, for two of those years, I was the Board Chair.

I also have substantial experience working in business and industry in sales and marketing in retail, radio broadcasting, music, and e-commerce.  I have run my own business, and am still very involved with marketing and sales on the internet, including daily interaction with marketing on social media platforms and e-commerce sites.

I  earned my BS in Accounting from Plymouth State University and an MBA with a focus on Management &  Strategy from Western Governor’s University.

On a personal level, I  like to play guitar, drums, piano, and bass......(anything that makes noise- my wife says!) …..and  am also an avid home recording enthusiast. I also enjoy hiking, writing, and playing basketball.  I am invested in civic activities as well, having served as Board Chair for Leadership Upper Valley for two years (2015-16) and currently fill the role of Deputy Treasurer for the Town of Croydon, NH where I live. I am a huge fan of all New England Sports teams-especially the WORLD CHAMPION NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS!

That much having been said, I look forward to getting to know each of you better during the course. I have no doubt  there will be many “a-ha” moments as you reflect on many of the course principles as they pertain to events from your own experience.