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The Benefits of the CAGED System

The Benefits of the CAGED System

What is the CAGED System good for ?

This is another attempt to help you understand the benefits of the CAGED system.

In the CAGED system article we saw that:

- the caged system is a simple method for learning and visualizing the scales and the chord tone that they are made of

- this system is based on 5 chords : C, A, G, E and D.

The CAGED System

The CAGED System

What is the caged system ?

The caged system is a simple method for learning and visualizing the scales and the chord tones that they are made of.

This system is based on the 5 open chord shapes C, A, G, E and D.

You can read an article about the basic major and minor  guitar chords shapes here.

Learn and master the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths)

Learn and master the circle of fifths (or circle of

fourths)


circle of fifths

You have probably seen the diagram above and wondered what it has to do with music or guitar playing.

Actually that diagram has a lot to do with music and understanding the way scales are made and the amount of flats and sharps each scale has.

This circle  is also an indispensable tool for analyzing chord progressions and seeing what notes is each chord made of.

What is alternate picking ?

alternate pickingWhat is Alternate Picking ?

Alternate is picking is one basic guitar technique that involves plectrum playing (playing with a pick). It supposes  that you have to alternate your picking strokes and never play the same pick motion in a row. Alternate picking is used in all styles of music and is widely used when playing scalar runs and it is also a very reliable technique when it comes to playing guitar passages fast, because by alternating the pick strokes you keep your picking hand relaxed.

Alternate Picking Exercises

Alternate Picking Exercises

First you should read this alternate picking article if you didn’t already.

Now I am going to show some very useful exercises that i still practice and that will increase your speed quickly if you devote to them at least  15 minutes a day.

For this alternate picking exercises you will need a metronome. When learning a new technique it is very important that you make the habit of practicing with a click because It will develop your sense of beat.

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