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Caitlin will show you the step-by-step process of connecting all five CAGED Shapes to create a “blueprint” for any key. Once this blueprint is formed, we can then outline any scale in that key.

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Having the ability to artfully add those "in-between" notes is a cornerstone of jazz guitar. Here’s how you do it.

Intermediate

Intermediate

• Understand the basic elements of the CAGED system.

• Learn the “rules” for adding outside notes.

• Expand your view of the fretboard in every key.

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Have you ever asked yourself if you “know” all your scales? Well, one might answer that question with the chromatic scale. Simply put, the chromatic scale is all 12 notes. Chromaticism plays an important role in the construction of melodic lines in jazz, allowing dissonance to resolve into consonance. Jazz players are fond of a famous quote that basically states: No matter where you are on the neck, if you hit a “wrong” note you’re only a half-step away from a “right” one. This lesson will show how to integrate chromatics into major and minor CAGED scale forms, as well as provide examples of jazz lines. While this lesson centers around a major scale, this method of visualizing chromatic scales works with all scale types.

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Develop a strategy to methodically work through the changes of Johnny Cash’s classic jam.

Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Put a simple country twist on a 12-bar blues.
  • Create honky-tonk motifs over chord changes.
  • Develop your CAGED vocabulary.
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When learning any genre of music, it makes sense to master as much of the repertoire as possible. This will prepare you for the songs that are likely to be called on jam nights with other players. Jazz musicians are all over this concept. Show up to a jam session and you're likely to encounter players who have memorized dozens of standards, such as "Autumn Leaves," "Misty," and "All the Things You Are." When these tunes are called out, you'd better be ready to play them.

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