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Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie

Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and theory of modes based around this system of learning.

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Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and theory of modes based around this system of learning.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

CAGED System

Nick Kellie teaches the CAGED system and the 3 point root guidelines to finding your chords.

Length: 22:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 2

Major Triad Arpeggios

Building on the CAGED system he taught in lesson 1, Nick teaches the major triad arpeggios built off those chords.

Length: 7:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Dominant 7th Arpeggios

Nick Kellie demonstrates the dominant 7th arpeggios as they relate to the CAGED system.

Length: 9:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Major Pentatonic Scales in the CAGED System

Nick Kellie demonstrates the major pentatonic scales as they relate to the CAGED system shapes.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

CAGED System Major Scale

Nick Kellie demonstrates the major scales in relation to the five shapes of the CAGED system.

Length: 5:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

CAGED Minor Shapes

Now that he has already covered the major CAGED shapes, Nick Kellie demonstrates the minor shapes for the CAGED system.

Length: 10:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

Minor Triad Arpeggios

Nick Kellie teaches the minor triad arpeggios for the CAGED system.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Minor 7th Arpeggios

Nick Kellie teaches the minor 7th arpeggios as they relate to the CAGED system.

Length: 6:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Minor Pentatonic Scale

Nick Kellie demonstrates the minor pentatonic scales as it relates to the CAGED system.

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

CAGED Natural Minor Scale

Nick Kellie demonstrates the natural minor scale using the CAGED system.

Length: 4:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Intervals

Nick Kellie discusses intervals and interval spacing on the guitar.

Length: 24:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Parent Scales

Nick Kellie discusses the three parent scales that all other diatonic scales are derived from.

Length: 10:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Harmonizing the Major Scale

Nick Kellie discusses how to harmonize the diatonic major scale.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Modes of the Major Scale

Nick Kellie discusses the seven modes derived from the diatonic major scale.

Length: 22:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Phrygian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Phrygian mode of the major scale.

Length: 6:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Lydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Lydian mode of the major scale.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Mixolydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Mixolydian mode in five positions.

Length: 8:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

Aeolian Mode

Nick Kellie demonstrates the Aeolian mode in five positions.

Length: 5:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Locrian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Locrian mode in five positions.

Length: 6:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 20

Changing Keys Using Modes

Nick Kellie explains how to change modes while improvising.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Building Modal Chord Progressions

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates how to create modal chord progressions within the seven different modes.

Length: 28:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Chord Development

Nick Kellie discusses chord development. Taking key strategies from pianists, Nick demonstrates how playing with a single bass note can benefit your chord construction.

Length: 15:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

Lick Development

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates how to use the licks you learn.

Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Determining the Key

Nick Kellie demonstrates how to find the key of a song.

Length: 13:49 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 25

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

Nick discusses and demonstrates some uses for non-diatonic chords within a progression.

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

7th Chords

Nick explains how to harmonize the major scale with diatonic 7th chords.

Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 27

Soloing Over Chords

Nick explains how to use scales and modes effectively when soloing over a chord progression.

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 1.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 28

Modal Alterations

Nick discusses how to transpose a lick or riff into a different mode.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 29

Modal Pentatonic Scales

Nick Kellie demonstrates pentatonic scales derived from the modes of the major scale.

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

9th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 9th chords, how they are used, and demonstrates a few voicings to get you started.

Length: 8:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 31

11th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 11th chords and their applications.

Length: 4:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 32

13th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates voicings for 13th chords.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 33

Dorian and Super Locrian

Nick Kellie discusses how to use the Dorian and Super Locrian modes effectively within a single chord progression.

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 34

Jazz Soloing #1

Nick Kellie discusses concepts and ideas for soloing over jazz compositions.

Length: 20:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 35

Jazz Soloing #2

Nick Kellie demonstrates jazz solo techniques for his song "30 Hour Journey."

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 36

Building Chords

Nick Kellie demonstrates and discusses building chords and chordal tones from within a scale.

Length: 5:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

Reading Scale Charts

Nick Kellie discusses how to read scale charts pertaining to the CAGED system of playing.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 38

Understanding Modal Playing

Nick Kellie returns to his theory and improvisation series with a lesson on understanding modal playing and separating the modes from their parent scales.

Length: 35:16 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 39

Separating Modes from Their Parent Scales

In lesson 38, Nick discussed more basics on understanding modes and modal playing. In this lesson, he discusses separating your modes from their parent scales to give a more balanced and modal sound to your playing.

Length: 16:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

Practical Modal Applications

Returning to his theory and improvisation series, Nick discusses how you might already being applying modal playing without even knowing it. He discusses how you can pull modal scale ideas and progressions out of the progressions your playing with or over.

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 41

Scale Sequencing

Nick Kellie returns to his Theory and Improvisation series with a discussion on scale sequencing. In this lesson he discusses how sequencing in both numeric and intervalic forms can open up the scale for you in your playing.

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

Pentatonic Scale Sequencing

Now that Nick has covered the basic concepts of sequencing scales, he covers how you might sequence within the pentatonic scale. He also discusses linear and non-linear playing.

Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 43

Sequencing Triads

Nick Kellie returns with another look at sequencing. Nick has been talking primarily about playing sequences using diads or intervals. In this lesson, he demonstrates sequences based on diatonic triads and seventh chords.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 44

Diatonic Seventh Chord Arpeggios

Now that you've learned how to sequence triads, Nick applies the same concepts horizontally with diatonic seventh chords and their arpeggios.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 45

Harmonizing Keys

Nick Kellie discusses how a key is harmonized and how this knowledge can help unlock playing over chords and within different keys.

Length: 15:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 46

Backing Track Study #1

In his 46th lesson, Nick Kellie takes an applied approach to soloing over a backing track. In this lesson, he discusses ways to solo and connect scales and modes over his track "Melody of Hope".

Length: 18:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 47

Backing Track Study #2

Nick Kellie takes a look at another backing track and discusses how to implement scale ideas over it.

Length: 15:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 48

Scales and 3rd Intervals

In this lesson, Nick discusses how applying the third interval across a scale idea can open up melodic ideas in your playing. To get you started, he teaches the third interval pattern for all adjacent string pairs in the key of A.

Length: 10:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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