CAGED with Kirk Lorange
Hi, again, fellow twang enthusiast. See? I told you I'd be back.
This week I'm going to point you to a lesson on one of those guitar terms we've all heard, but don't necessarily understand: CAGED.
I had no idea for a very long time what CAGED meant. Now, it's become the most important part of my mindset when playing, especially when I'm improvising. For most players that I know, scales and modes are the most important factor in their thinking when improvising lines. I never had much joy with them. When I attempted to break loose in a solo it sounded like I was practicing scales ... and made me sound like an amateur.
I can't remember exactly when it was -- somewhere back in the early 70s -- that I decided to put scales and modes on the back burner and I turned my attention to chords. I had discovered that all the solos that appealed to me were melodic solos, solos that told a story, and after much analysis I then realized that melody consisted mainly of chord tones ... those notes that are in the chords. So I started tracking chords and forgot about those scales and modes. For the first time ever I started to sound musical.
Part, if not most, of the learning curve was mapping out the fretboard. I realized that in order to play the solos I heard in my head, I really did need to see the whole fretboard as 'the chord'. It was only after I had succeeded in doing that that I learned about CAGED. I kept hearing about it through the guitar grapevine (this was long before the Internet) and when a friend finally explained it to me I realized that it was the main aspect of my own mindset.
That was long ago.
I have freed up a video from my site that I put together on this all important topic:
There is more written commentary here: www.guitarforbeginners.com/caged_template.html
Enjoy the lesson and remember: This is very important information if you really want to become proficient. Even if you're not sure why you should learn this now, do it anyway.
See you next time,
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