It all started back in Music College in the early 2000s, at the ACM in Guildford (UK) to be precise, where we were handed, by none other than Guthrie Govan, an inch-thick binder containing all manner of shapes and patterns for the CAGED system, including chords and arpeggios. I duly slaved over the book while burning the midnight oil for an entire semester and while my technique improved no end, I just couldn’t turn those patterns into music,or connect them to what I was learning in music theory class.Fast forward to 2016, and with the benefit of hindsight from more than 20 years of playing, I’ve been able to look at the CAGED system from a different perspective, and one that will hopefully make it a useful system for anyone wishing to learn it. The CAGED system has many flaws, but these can be hacked and rectified to turn it into a powerful system for understanding how the guitar fretboard works, leading to a versatile, and above all, functional knowledge of chords, arpeggios, scales and modes, and key signatures.
What’s in Book 1?
Book 1 teaches you the basic major scale forms, shows you where to find the basic diatonic chords as well as seventh chords.We then venture into intervals which are the key to making your solos sound like you know what you’re doing. Next we bring out the arpeggios,and finally the modes. Everything is tied together using key signatures as a framework to build up a practical knowledge of chords, scales,arpeggios and modes on the guitar.
Graham Tippett (1977-) studied literature, music and languages in the UK before making a permanent move to Mexico in 2005. It was there he began to explore and research methods of improvisation on the guitar and published the '2 Position Scale System' series of instruction books in 2014, which are the fruit of that research. He is also well-known for his love of languages and music, drawing parallels between the two art forms as he continues to write and research on the subjects of language learning and improvisation. His relentless research into guitar improvisation has recently lead to the creation of the Hacking the CAGED System series of books, and Soloing Without Scales - an alternative look at how to improvise on guitar. Graham is also a graduate of the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford, where he was taught by the likes of Guthrie Govan, Dave Kilminster, Eric Roche and many others.
However, before you begin on your journey to learn how to play a guitar, you will first have to purchase one. You will have to decide on whether you would like to purchase an acoustic guitar, a classical guitar, or an electrical guitar. Guitars are also available in a range of prices. However, as a beginner, it would probably be difficult for you to tell the difference between the tones of a good guitar and an average guitar, hence you may want to purchase a cheaper guitar to begin with. You will be able to change guitars and spend more money on a better quality instrument when you have honed your skills.
After purchasing your guitar, you will have to decide on various things such as the playing style you would like to learn and how you would like to learn. This is because nowadays, you do not have to enroll for guitar lessons at music schools. You can also go online for guides and videos which have been put up by experienced guitarists all around the world to learn about the various chords and techniques. If you would like to learn more about things to note when you start guitar lessons, how to improve your skills and also personalizing the songs, do make sure that you read on.
In Book 2 we expand the diatonic chord range into 6s, sus chords, 9th chords, put the finishing touches to our knowledge of the major scale, and explore the possibilities of the melodic minor scale along with its chord, arpeggio and modal system. Book 2 also includes 8 of the funkiest full-band backing tracks* you're ever likely to hear in a guitar book to help you get to grips with melodic minor scale and its modes!
Who is this Book for?
Book 2 in the series is suitable for self-study or with a guitar teacher, and is aimed at anyone who's been working with the material from Hacking the CAGED System - Book 1 and wishes to build on the solid foundation they've created in structuring chords, arpeggios, scales and modes on the fretboard by adding more types of chords to their repertoire, improving their picking technique, gaining a complete picture of the major scale, and exploring the melodic minor scale and its modes. *Book contains the link to download the backing tracks.
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