Who is this eBook for?
Book 1 in the series is suitable for self-study or with a guitar teacher, and has a wide range of applications:
1) For the beginner guitarist in his/her first year who is ready to go beyond barre chords and pentatonic scales, this eBook will help to avoid the many pitfalls encountered by beginners when they decide to learn the CAGED system, and hopefully encourage novice players not to give up this wonderful instrument too soon. It also provides a gentle introduction to music theory as it relates to the guitar, and can be put into practice just as easily.
2) For guitarists who’ve become stuck in a rut with the standard CAGED patterns, aren’t sure how to apply them, or can’t seem to improvise without their solos sounding scalar or unmelodic.
3) For the intermediate guitarist who may have gaps in his/her playing, or has great technique but lacks a knowledge of theory, and wishes to fill in those gaps to become a well-rounded and versatile player, or turn their knowledge of the CAGED system into a functional part of their playing.
4) Songwriters who play guitar can also benefit from this book as it provides a basis for learning how common chords work, and how to combine them with melodies.
I have also designed this book to align the CAGED system with music theory, thereby making it easier to communicate with other musicians; this is incredibly useful because the CAGED system as it is, is unique to guitar, and therefore restricts communication with other musicians.
If you’re thinking about going to Music College at some point, then this eBook also provides a good grounding in what you’ll learn during the first semester or so, and what will inevitably end up being the most useful chords, arpeggios and scales you’ll ever learn.
What does Book 1 Cover?
Book 1 teaches you the basic major scale forms, shows you where to find all the diatonic chords as well as seventh chords. We then venture into intervals which allow us to show you how to solo, and always land on the right note. 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. The eBook also features 8 backing tracks to help you practice the material.
Hacking the CAGED System – Book 1 is now available on Amazon Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry, you can download the FREE Kindle Reader App for all devices. If you like the eBook, please leave us a review on Amazon itself.