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Inside and Out: A Guide to Fretboard Mastery

Have you reached a point in your playing where having greater knowledge of the fretboard is paramount for your progress? If so, this lesson series is for you! Musicians Institute instructor Jeff Marshall provides a bottom up approach to learning the entirety of the fretboard using the basic CAGED system

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In this lesson series, you'll learn the basic CAGED system, then use that information to map the fretboard from chords to arpeggios and scales.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Inside and Out with Jeff Marshall! In this lesson series, Jeff takes a bottom up approach to fret board proficiency. Using the CAGED system, he builds off of familiar open chord shapes to unlock the fretboard for not only chords, but arpeggio's scales and the beginnings of solo...

Length: 2:59 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Major Triad Chord shapes in CAGED

To get started off with the series, Jeff discusses how the CAGED system is used, then goes over the major chord shapes in that system. This lesson and the rest of the course will be taught in the key of D.

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Major Triad Arpeggios in CAGED

Now that you know the basic triad chord shapes in the CAGED system, you can now start adding triad arpeggios on top of those shapes. Jeff Marshall shows you how!

Length: 12:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Major Pentatonic in 5 CAGED Boxes

The next step in the learning process is to take the triad arpeggios you previously learned and apply them to the Major Pentatonic patterns in the CAGED boxes.

Length: 10:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Major Scale in 5 CAGED Boxes

Now that you have the major pentatonic under your fingers, we add two additional notes to create a full major scale in the associated CAGED boxes.

Length: 12:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Extended Major Pentatonic Scale

Now that you have the full major scale under your fingers, Jeff takes a step back and get's a bit outside of CAGED for this lesson. Depending on the situation, you may find it necessary to step out of bounds to player more comfortably or in a stylistic manner. Jeff discusses the possibilities...

Length: 9:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Major CAGED Application

You've learned the major CAGED shapes bottom up from triads, through the Pentatonic. It's now time to apply that material in musical form.

Length: 10:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Minor Triad Chord Shapes in CAGED

Now that you've got the basic major shapes under your fingers, Jeff is going to handle the same training for minor, starting with triad shapes.

Length: 8:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Minor Triad Arpeggios in CAGED

Now that you know the basic minor chord shapes in CAGED, it's time to take a step up the rung to the minor chord arpeggios.

Length: 9:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Minor Pentatonic Shapes in CAGED

With the triad and arpeggios shapes under your fingers, Jeff now teaches the minor pentatonic shapes in CAGED, using the key of D.

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Minor Scale in 5 CAGED boxes

It's now time to take a look at the entire minor scale in the 5 boxes that comprise the CAGED system.

Length: 12:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Extended Minor Pentatonic

Just like with the major scale, Jeff will now go through the process of discussing the extended minor pentatonic scale in the CAGED system.

Length: 6:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Minor CAGED Application

Just like before with the major tonalities, it's time to apply what you've learned about the minor CAGED system to musical form.

Length: 5:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

Scale Harmony

Many guitarists start with learning chords, before scales, but logically, chords come from scales. In lesson 14, Jeff teaches the major scale pattern across the neck and discusses harmonizing it in diads and triad chords.

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

Diminished Triad Chord in CAGED

In the previous lesson, Jeff introduced a harmonized major scale and with it, the diminished chord. In this lesson he goes deeper into that chord and teaches its chord shapes in the CAGED system.

Length: 6:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Diatonic Root Position Triads

Continuing on with learning to harmonize the major scale, Jeff takes a look at root position triads in different string groupings.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Diatonic 1st Inversion Triads

In this lesson, you'll take the same knowledge you learned in lesson 16 and change your shapes to give you the 1st inversion diatonic triads of the major scale.

Length: 14:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Diatonic 2nd Inversion Triads

The last set of triad types in the harmonized major scale are the 2nd inversion triads.

Length: 11:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Diatonic Triad Application

Now that you've learned how to harmonize the major scale with diads and all three triad types, on different string groupings, it's time to apply that knowledge in a musical way.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 20

Major 7th Chords in CAGED

It's now time to start looking at 7th chords as part of the inside and out system using CAGED. Jeff starts with a look at the Major 7th voicings.

Length: 10:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Dominant 7th Chords in CAGED

Now that you know the major 7th chords in the CAGED system, it's time to get the dominant 7th chords under your fingers.

Length: 10:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Minor 7th Chords in CAGED

Moving along with 7th chord voicings, lesson 22 is all about minor 7th chords.

Length: 12:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Minor 7b5 Chords in CAGED

In lesson 23 Jeff offers up another look at 7th chord voicings. This time you'll be learning the minor 7b5 voicings in the CAGED system.

Length: 16:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Diatonic 7th Chord Scales Pattern 1

Now that you know all of the chord voicings for the various 7th chords, it's time to start taking a look at the scale patterns derived from these shapes.

Length: 7:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Diatonic 7th Chord Scales Pattern 2

In lesson 25 you'll learn the second pattern diatonic 7th chord scale.

Length: 5:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Diatonic 7th Chord Scales Pattern 3

In lesson 26 Jeff shows you the pattern 3 diatonic 7th chord scale.

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Diatonic 7th Chord Scales Pattern 4

In lesson 27 you'll be learning pattern for of the diatonic 7th chord scale.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Diatonic 7th Chord Scales Pattern 5

Lesson 28 shows you the 5th and final pattern, diatonic scale around the 7th chords.

Length: 6:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Harmonic Organization

In this lesson Jeff offers up some supplemental concepts in relation to how harmonic information can be organized.

Length: 13:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios Pattern 1

Just like the 7th chord scales gone over previously, Jeff will now be walking you through the arpeggio patterns in CAGED, starting with pattern 1.

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios Pattern 2

Jeff moves on to pattern 2 of the diatonic 7th chord arpeggios.

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios Pattern 3

Jeff moves on to pattern 3 of the 7th chord diatonic arpeggios.

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios Pattern 4

Jeff moves on to pattern 4 of the diatonic 7th chord arpeggios.

Length: 9:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

Diatonic 7th Chord Arpeggios Pattern 5

Jeff moves on to the 5th and final pattern of the diatonic 7th chord arpeggios.

Length: 11:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 35

Arpeggio Organization

As he did with harmonic content, Jeff goes over organization techniques for the diatonic 7th chord arpeggios.

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Overall Application

Jeff wraps up his Inside and Out series by providing guidance and insight into how to take all the individual chunks of information and apply them to your playing.

Length: 21:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
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