The CAGED system is an efficient way to break a 12-fret span (one octave) of the fingerboard into five areas, each of which have their own major chord form, arpeggio and major pentatonic scale form. The companion EDCAG system functions similarly for minor chords. Both of these systems are covered in great depth in Brad Carlton’s CAGED Cracked, one of TrueFire’s most popular study programs. Carlton also recently released CAGED Dominant, which maps out the Dominant chord system accordingly.
Designed to motivate and inspire students, Guitar Sherpa's innovative learning systems employ a hands-on, contextual format. Students "play" their way through Guitar Sherpa curriculum rather than working through tedious examples and exercises. Brad Carlton, TrueFire's Educational Director and top session player, presents CAGED Cracked, a unique and highly effective system for fretboard navigation, chord selection and improvisation. The CAGED system goes well beyond alternate chord voicings by also serving as a springboard for comping, soloing and improvising in any key.
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Quartal harmony deals with guitar chord shapes and chord voicings that are built in 4ths rather than 3rds. This type of harmony is used by pianists and guitarists alike and utilizes voicings that can be used in many settings. Quartal voicings, and their inversions, are displayed in the DVD's accompanying chart with very clear diagrams making it very easy to learn and understand this type of harmony. The 69-minute DVD not only presents teaching material, but also provides a play-along essence that will allow students to hear how to apply these great chord voicings.