Mike Philippov

Mike Philippov is a professional musician, music instructor and composer. He writes articles about learning and practicing guitar that are published on websites around the world. On his website http://PracticeGuitarNow.com you can find many more guitar practice articles and advice about becoming a better guitar player.

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  1. Noelle Davi
    February 4th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Oh thank goodness, there is someone who agrees with me about the weaknesses of CAGED. I always thought that was just adding an extra step and that it was much simpler to simply learn the fretboard and how chords are spelled. Then you can find any chord, anywhere, without worrying about if it fits into a certain shape. I also found that CAGED does no good for extended voicings.

    But I seem to be in the minority and constantly have other players trying to push CAGED on me. Fortunately, my teacher agrees with me. :)

  2. Michael
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:19 am

    These are great points. I always found that scales, and any element of practiced learning on guitar, stuck with me if I had to use it practically….in actual music. So firing up some backing tracks was a great way to turn scales into melodies and start improvising with them. Great stuff…thanks!

  3. Thomas
    November 7th, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    Transpose a song from A major in the first position to a D chord (shape) barred on the 7th fret, will make your song still in the key of A major. George Harrison was fully aware of that and he actually used it in the song “Here Comes The Sun”.

  4. Jack Murphy
    February 2nd, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

    I have been told that Eddie Van Halen was into the #4 side to side scale playing covering almost the entire fret board and that is why he is so good and maybe the best guitarist of all time..Comments please?

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