After completing this course, you should expect to look at building chords in a different way. Expansion on your chord vocabulary and come up with chord sounds that might not sound as traditional.

This lesson focuses on coming up with chord ideas based on interval groupings you like. Dan shows how he does this by building chords from scales used for soloing on a given chord.


  • Chord Voicings
  • Comping
  • Harmony


  • Building Chords
  • Comping
  • Fretboard Knowledge

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About Dan Arcamone:

Artist Recording Collective artist, Dan Arcamone is a guitarist, composer, and educator hailing from Norwalk, CT. Arcamone’s powerful yet elegant style has been winning over audiences and critics alike. Intricately constructed single-note phrases and rich chordal landscapes mark his highly individualized style.

Dan has performed and/or recorded alongside Steve Pruitt, Tony Grey, Panagiotis Andreou, Kenny Grohowski, Sean Nowell, Mark Small, Brad Mason, Jen Allen, Thierry Arpino, Marko Djordjevic, Rich Zurkowski, Matt Dwonszyk, Nathan Peck, Janek Gwizdala, Martin Bejerano, Thomson Kneeland, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Damian Curtis, Zaccai Curtis, and Damon Grant, among others.

Arcamone’s musical style is hard to pin down with a single term, needless to say it is the result of years of focused study and focused performances. These experiences have culminated in a personalized approach to the guitar that challenges the listener to think outside of their common expectations. As a leader, Dan Arcamone has released several recordings to date: Standards, Vol. 1 (2021), Psalm (2019), X (2018), Evolve (2017), In Colors (2016), In Motion (2010), and Trioisms (2008). In addition to his recordings, Arcamone has also released two books, Melodic Continuity and Counterpoint Exercises on Familiar Chord Progressions, available on his website.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate

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  1. Personal approach to Chords ii-v-i


    What a GREAT course!!! Short, concise, clear, and original. The material is like a book I bought long ago by the sadly departed Vic Juris, “Modern Chords”, which I was maybe not ready for or did not absorb well. This class makes that concept crystal clear. I highly recommend this one. I am eager to get into these ideas right now.

    by james seaberry

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