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Old 11-18-2019, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Dane Johnson View Post
Looking for suggestions to moving past CAGED system.
There are some strong opinions on why the system sucks, but I have found it benefiting my understanding and an easy entry from chords in soloing.

Any assistance into moving past or ways to advance are welcomed.
Presumably, if you're ready to move past it, you can already play every chord in all 12 keys in every part of the neck, along with the major scales of that key? And you can also form all the diatonic 7th chord arpeggios? And maybe know how to add other diatonic extensions to all the other chords?

If not - then CAGED can still assist you to get to that point of total fretboard knowledge. (I mean, you have all the tools to do that.)

If so - then the next stage is chromaticism; which means understanding how to use the 5 notes that are outside the 7 notes of the key.
It's a big topic, but there's essentially two basic aspects of it: melodic and harmonic. If you've done any blues soloing, you'll already have been using melodic chromaticism - adding passing notes from outside the key between notes that are inside. The harmonic kind is using secondary chords and borrowed chords.

Secondary chords are standard in jazz, so some study of jazz chord progressions would be useful there. Pick any jazz progression you like, identify the key, and then find the chords that don't "belong" - i.e., that don't come from the diatonic scale of that key. It's usually only one note in the chord that is outside the key (sometimes two), so the question is: why? That note will be leading by half-step to a note in the next chord, that's why.

If you're not into jazz, then just pick any song you like and work out how to play it all over the fretboard. I.e, use all the varieties of shape CAGED offers you. Then - as an exercise - transpose it to another key. Alternatively, just work out how to improvise on it, using the chord tones and scale patterns between.

One additional area of study might be chord theory, chord symbol language. E.g., if I asked you to play a Bb13 chord, (a) do you know what notes it needs to contain, and (b) how many shapes/positions could you find for it, and how long would it take you? (b) is what CAGED should help you with, but obviously you have to know (a) first.
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