Step-by-step, this book will show you how to fully understand, recognise and master the fretboard and its harmonies.In concrete terms, after working through this book you will be able to play any mode, as well as any major or minor pentatonic scale from any fret or part of the fretboard – and with ease! Gone are the times when as a guitarist, you could only play freely in certain areas of the guitar. Gone are the times when as a guitarist, you would find yourself in the unpleasant situation of being hopelessly lost at a specific fret on the fretboard.
I always found myself limited playing my guitar, because I would fumble around the fretboard without any structure. By learning the following concept, the way I approached my guitar fundamentally changed.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a blues, rock, pop, jazz, heavy metal or flamenco player. This book will give you an all-round understanding of your instrument, so giving you the freedom to express yourself on your guitar without any limits: completely independent of any music style.
The concept that will form the foundation you need to achieve this flexibility is called the CAGED System. For each of the 12 keynotes, the fretboard is split into five areas. I call these areas Box 1 to Box 5. We can now insert harmonic material, like scales, arpeggios and chords, into each of these boxes. This principle is explained in greater detail in the following pages.
This book solely looks at scales, or more precisely at the seven modes of the Ionian system and the major and minor pentatonic scales. It does not deal with arpeggios or chords. Each chapter contains example licks and jam tracks where you can try out what you have learned.
All that remains for me now is to wish you much fun, success and perseverance. Once you have worked through this book, you will see the guitar with completely different eyes.
All the best, Gil Beckers
This book is available in German only.
Master of the Fretboard
Do you find you can only play guitar solos statically in a specific area? Would you like to be able to improvise freely over the whole fretboard? Do you lack a model to show you how best to proceed?
The “CAGED” system, taught by Gil Beckers, provides the answers to these questions.
As the heading suggests, the author would like to help every guitarist to become a “Master of the Fretboard”. Step-by-step, he shows how to fully understand, recognise and master the fretboard and its harmonies. By the end, the player will have the freedom to express themselves on their guitar without any limits. The book looks at all the modes (Dorian, Phrygian etc.) as well as the major and minor pentatonic scales. In each chapter, there is a general overview of the scales, different licks and a jam track. The final chapter shows how to combine different modes and provides an opportunity to practice them. This book is ideal for young people and adults who would like to learn more about this subject on their own or with a teacher, and who may have already mastered playing techniques such as string bending, hammer-ons, pull-offs or slides, as the author does not explicitly look at these techniques.
In summary, this book is suited to any guitarist, regardless whether they are a blues, rock, pop, jazz, heavy metal or flamenco player, who would like to become a master of the fretboard.
CHAPTER 1 – Overview of the scales and how they are built
CHAPTER 2 – The magic number five and the concept of the CAGED system
2.1 The five keynote boxes
2.2 The five fingering patterns
2.3 Five boxes and five patterns – the principle of the CAGED system
Following chapter structure:
- ·Overview of the scales
- ·Licks and jam tracks in …
- ·Combinations practice
to the following scales:
CHAPTER 3: Ionian
CHAPTER 4: Aeolian
CHAPTER 5: Mixolydian
CHAPTER 6: Dorian
CHAPTER 7: Lydian
CHAPTER 8: Phrygian
CHAPTER 9: Locrian
CHAPTER 10 – Minor pentatonic scales
10.1 The five fingering patterns of pentatonic scales
10.3 Licks and blues for minor pentatonic scales
CHAPTER 11 – Major pentatonic scales
CHAPTER 12 – Combining the different modes
12.1 Blues: a combination of major and minor pentatonic scales and Mixolydian
12.2 Modal Interchange
12.3 Aeolian and Dorian chord progressions
CHAPTER 13 – Appendix and material