The guitar fretboard is an enigma. Western music is comprised of only 12 notes but there’s so many different ways to play them on guitar. There’s only one way to play middle C on most instruments, but there’s five ways to play that note on guitar. We can play scales horizontally, vertically or a combination of both. No wonder guitarists get locked into just one or two positions on the fretboard leaving the other 80% of the fretboard untouched. If only we had a decoder ring…
Commander Dave Celentano to the rescue with his CAGED Commander Decoder Ring! OK, there’s no actual ring BUT Dave will indeed decode the entire next of the guitar and show you how to play the major scale, in any key, in all positions, up and down the fretboard, with ease and amazing speed. Learn how to do this with the major scale and simply tweak the system to do it with any scale.
"Dave takes the CAGED concept and breaks it into very easily understood, bite-sized pieces and explains it in a way that will help you to make it an integral part of your own playing." - Ron H., TrueFire Student
The system is easy. You will not need an enigma machine to get a quick grip on Dave’s CAGED Commander system. CAGED refers to the C chord, A chord, G chord, E chord and the D chord. You know them in open position and now you will learn them as moveable barre chords. You likely already know the A and the E moveable barre chords so learning the other three will be a snap. Learning these simple five barre chord shapes is the first step.
After learning these moveable shapes, Dave will teach you the corresponding major scale patterns associated with that shape. One you learn the major scale patterns, Dave will show you their associated arpeggios. Five shapes, five major scale patterns, five arpeggio patterns. Easy stuff.
These five arpeggio shapes are the secret ingredients of CAGED Commander. Those arpeggios are the chord tones that you will want to target while soloing and improvising. Learning these five arpeggio patterns translates to you being able to play the chord tones — your soloing target tones — for any major chord, in any key, in five locations up and down the neck. Powerful stuff.
Now buckle up… there’s a whole other side to this course that you will find to be of priceless value to you even if you don't take the time to learn the five sets of patterns and shapes.
You’ve probably heard about using scales and arpeggios to solo and improvise with since the time you first picked up the guitar. And try as you might, every time you tried using scales and arpeggios in your solos and improvisations they just kept sounding like… well, scales and arpeggios. Right?! Happens to all of us.
Throughout CAGED Commander, Dave shows you a variety of melodic devices and creative applications to use with your new-found and very powerful arpeggios. You’l learn how to apply framing, trills and double-stops to make your arpeggio-based solos sound very musical and not like you’re just running scales and arpeggios.
Dave tops the course off by showing you how to connect all of the shapes, forms and patterns linearly - up and down the fretboard, on one and two strings, and diagonally - from the low E string/5th fret up to the high E string/17th fret and back down. You’ll learn how to apply single-string triplets, single-string legato, 6th triplets and then how to connect diagonally-descending and diagonally-ascending.
Dave also shows you how transpose the patterns and forms so you can apply his system in any key, over any set of major chords. All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, you’ll get all of the rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
You now have full command of the mothership. No decoder ring or enigma machine required. Click now to reveal the rest of the fretboard…