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I was just looking for some feedback as far as studying "The Caged System" as oppossed to traditional music theory.Any advice?Thanks.

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Yes - if you learn traditional theory, CAGED will make a lot more sense.

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Yes - if you learn traditional theory, CAGED will make a lot more sense.

Or vice versa. CAGED is a simple way (one of many) of learning the notes and chord shapes on a guitar keyboard.

Helgi Briem
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I suppose that I would want to point out that, while there is some linkage between the two systems, they don't necessarily depend on each other. You could spend your whole life learning theory on a printed page and never even learn a single song. Conversely, you could learn the CAGED system using the least amount of theory possible, play like Hendrix, and never really learn your theory.

If I was your teacher I would probably tell you this:

Immediately begin studying the CAGED system using songs that you like. Then, as you start to get the CAGED system under your fingers, work with a teacher to analyze what exactly is going on theoretically in the songs you are playing. After you get done analyzing the first twenty songs or so you will probably begin to notice that the same things tend to happen again and again and again. Soon you'll be able to take it from there on your own.

Later on if you begin to learn about jazz or classical or progressive rock you will need to get some serious help with the theory aspect but, as long as you're just beginning and focusing on popular music styles, a little theory will do you just fine.

Help that helps,

Dylan Schwartz [Guitar Teacher in Chicago]

Chicago Guitar, Bass, and Improvisation Teacher