What is the CAGED System?
To get the most out of your guitar playing, you need to have a greater understanding of the fret board.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the guitar was laid out in a logical fashion? Well guess what, it is, and in these lessons I’m going to introduce the CAGED system.
Understanding The CAGED System will deepen your understanding of the instrument in many ways. You'll be able to play all over the fret board and see better the relationships between chords, scales and arpeggios, and see the fretboard’s inherent logic.
Once you know your CAGED system Major chords, the next stage it to attach or ‘layer’ on to them a useful scale. In this case, you will learn how the Major & Minor Pentatonic scale work logically with the CAGED system.
Lets then put all this to a practical use.
Armed with knowledge we will look at examples of how the CAGED system works in the real world with examples of standard chord progression and the Pro's would approach them.
Improve your soloing
With the aid of professional backing tracks you will learn how to combine both the CAGED system and the pentatonic scales to create great sounding solo's.
What The Course covers
The course is broken down intro 4 sections. the introduction will give you an overview of the course. Section one looks at the basic idea of the CAGED system and shows you the various chord forms and methods to use. There are 5 backing tracks that you can use to practice the various chord forms used in the sections. Section 2 looks at the Pentatonic scales both Major & Minor and shows you how to combine the pentatonic scales with the CAGED system.
In Section 4 you will learn how to play Major7th, Minor7th, & Dominant7th chords using the CAGED system, you can then pratice what you have learned with more backing tracks with chord progressions that use these extended chords.
By the end of this course you will have a working knowledge of the CAGED system and a greater understanding of the fret board and how to apply the pentatonic scales over the various chord forms.
Lets then put all this to a practical use. Armed with knowledge we will look at examples of how the CAGED system works in the real world with examples of standard chord progression and the Pro's would approach them.
Improve your soloing With the aid of professional backing tracks you will learn how to combine both the CAGED system and the pentatonic scales to create great sounding solo's.
- Basic knowledge of the Pentatonic scale
- Basic understanding of Bar Chords
- Understand How The CAGED System Works
- Understand The Fret Board in Greater detail
- Learn the relationship between Scales & Chords
- Improve Your Soloing
- Expand Your Chordal Knowledge
- How to play Major chords using CAGED
- How to play Minor chords using CAGED
- How to play Major chords using CAGED
- How to play Minor 7th chords using CAGED
- How to play Dom 7th chords using CAGED
- Pratical uses of CAGED with backing tracks
I started playing the guitar at 13, and by the age of 16 I was performing in local bands in his local area of Bolton and Manchester. Always hungry to learn and expand my musical knowledge I studied under some of the foremost teachers at the time.
I spent the 80’s honing not only my performance and technical skills but also my teaching abilities.
As well as performing in various rock bands I started teaching in various schools and academies including Kent County Schools where I was employed as their first contemporary music instructor for the guitar.
In the late 80’s I relocated to London, working in recording studios recording and doing session work during the daytime and playing live in the numerous bar and clubs in the evenings. I also set up my own private teaching company. As my experience working in studios grew I began to record music for advertising and marketing companies, and small radio stations. As well as my teaching role I worked as a session musician recording music for record companies including Virgin Records and Acid Jazz.
In the 90’s I made the bold step of moving to the Florida. Where I focused on teaching, working privately and also in schools in the Orlando region. During that time, I was lucky to meet some great musicians that encouraged me to continue my own personal studies and grow my musical knowledge.
As one who loves to travel and see new places I decided that my next stop would be Panama. A great place to learn Jazz and amazing Latin Rhythm. I really enjoyed my time down there and worked some wonderful bars and clubs. It felt like everyone wanted to learn to play the guitar, young and old.
Next stop was Dubai, I did say I liked to travel. Here I focused 100% on teaching and also my own personal music education, taking as many courses as I could possibly fit in.
I now have a Licentiate Degree in Instrumental teaching from Trinity College London, this is normally a 4 year course but I graduated after only 2 years.
It was actually during my time in Panama that I started offering Skype Guitar lessons to students, now I seem to spend more time in front of a computer than I do in the classroom. I love teaching and new technology means I can bring new and interesting ideas to my lessons.