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Learn how to solo effortlessly using the CAGED system.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Learn how to map out the neck with five CAGED shapes.
  • Create melodic lines by targeting chord tones on strong beats.
  • Discover how to enhance your phrases with chromatic notes.
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Originally published on March 15, 2015

The CAGED system is a subject we’ve explored many times before in Beyond Blues, and as you may know, it plays a big role in the way I teach. If you need a quick refresher, or if you’re totally new to the CAGED concept, read “A Guitarist’s Guide to the CAGED System." This CAGED approach doesn’t often generate resistance, but when it does, I usually find that it’s because of a misunderstanding of the system—there’s a lot more to it than just barre chords. While we’ve discussed arpeggios and scale fingerings several times over the years, this lesson will finally bridge the gap between those two.

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Learn how to play everything from Britpop to blues and beyond.

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Use the CAGED system for more than just chord shapes—use it to navigate your melodic highway on the fretboard.

Intermediate

Intermediate

● Visualize and unlock vertical fretboard moves.

● Learn how to not be bound within a "box" shape when soloing.

● Apply the CAGED system to the pentatonic scale as well as the major scale.

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Do you feel confined within the same scale shapes or set of frets every time you go to rip a solo? If so, this lesson is for you. Or, if you're confident in your ability to move both horizontally and vertically around the fretboard, this lesson might help you to see the fretboard even better.

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It's time to move past the blues scale.

Intermediate

Advanced

  • Learn how to use diminished and altered sounds over a IV chord.
  • Develop a better sense of voice leading.
  • Understand the basics of connecting guide tones.
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Let's talk about momentum. It's an essential part of any great solo, and when you're ripping over a 12-bar blues, the first spot to really demonstrate your mastery of the harmony is when the IV chord pops up. In this lesson, I'll demonstrate how to create some … fourward momentum … in your next solo.

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