Best starting point for CAGED scale learning?


greg.rushworth78
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12/15/2023 7:52 pm

Hi, I am a relatively experienced guitarist, although I skipped a lot of the theory so while I can noodle my way around a solo and very confidently play chords et cetera. I never really understood scales properly. I was wondering which lessons you could recommend I could jump to to get understanding of solo and using scales? Do you teach the CAGED system at All or something different?


I've went through the foundation 1&2 but it was all very easy and nothing new to me (but great to see the solid structure of lessons and progression).


 


many thanks 


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ChristopherSchlegel
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12/16/2023 12:17 am
#1 Originally Posted by: greg.rushworth78

Hi, I am a relatively experienced guitarist, although I skipped a lot of the theory so while I can noodle my way around a solo and very confidently play chords et cetera. I never really understood scales properly. I was wondering which lessons you could recommend I could jump to to get understanding of solo and using scales? Do you teach the CAGED system at All or something different?


I've went through the foundation 1&2 but it was all very easy and nothing new to me (but great to see the solid structure of lessons and progression).


 


many thanks 

Hey & welcome. There are several different paths to accomplish your goal.


This collection of tutorials covers the basics of improvisation:  identify the key, target chord tones, build melodies.  It starts very simple & basic to explain the essential elements, then adds complexity through the series.  There are a lot of practical applications & play along examples.


https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/learning-to-improvise


This collection of tutorials covers the fundamental elements of music theory.  So, it's more about the conceptual aspects of learning how intervals are built into scales, then melodies, scales are built into chords, chords into chord progressions, and so on.  But there are practical applications & play along examples along the way.


https://www.guitartricks.com/collection/music-theory


These tutorials cover CAGED from 2 different application perspectives.  


CAGED for Rhythm Guitar


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/2614


CAGED for Lead Guitar


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/2619


Some guitarists find CAGED a great way to visualize the fretboard.  Others do better just understanding how scale patterns & chord shapes are directly related to each other, as in my improv tutorials.  Both approaches lead to the same thing:  conceptualizing the fretboard in order to make music.


I also have a series of tutorials on using scales to systematically build speed for solo lines in a rock style.


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/287/


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/928


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/929


And then how to apply that to chord progressions.


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/973


https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial/980


I also have tutorials focused on blues & jazz lead playing if that's more your style.  Hope that helps!


 


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12/16/2023 8:22 am

Wonderful! That’s gives me plenty to be going through. Thank you for the very detailed response, much appreciated 🙌


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12/16/2023 3:31 pm
#3 Originally Posted by: greg.rushworth78

Wonderful! That’s gives me plenty to be going through. Thank you for the very detailed response, much appreciated 🙌

You're welcome!  Best of success!


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01/19/2024 9:47 pm
#4 Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel

You're welcome!  Best of success!

Thank You for this information..


 


Albert


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01/20/2024 2:50 pm
#5 Originally Posted by: majestictone

Thank You for this information..


 


Albert

You're welcome.


 


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01/29/2024 6:13 am

 The CAGED system offers a structured approach to learning guitar scales. Begin with understanding the basic chord shapes (C, A, G, E, D) and their corresponding scale patterns. Practice each shape slowly and methodically, ensuring precision and mastery before advancing. Gradually integrate scales into your playing for fluidity and versatility.


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