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Nick Kellie

CAGED System

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

Taught by Nick Kellie in Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 22:29Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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SumedhJSumedhJ replied

This is the best lesson I have found so far on the subject. Explains everything so nicely and neatly. Thanks a lot Nick and looking forward to the whole series now :-)

polyapolya replied

Thank you! The three root point explanation was excellent. Helped me to finally understand CAGED system.

SGTxDiabetesSGTxDiabetes replied

Simplest Explanation of this I've seen. Thanks! I got a Fret Trainer app for $2 on the play store that lets you break up any section of the fretboard to memorize it in chunks. I'll be focusing on the 4th, 5th, amd 6th string on my breaks at work while coming back to this! :D

Dragan007Dragan007 replied

Just wanted to thank Nick for not only excellent lessons, but also amazing help in his live appearances. A rare talent for guitar and for teaching!

cris2012cris2012 replied

Finally! I am able to see how CAGED works and how to remember the "scheme" to move up the fretboard using the three root note strings. I think the "north" and "south" ideas were most useful to me. Thanks!

ScotchoScotcho replied

Awesome lesson, play along is nice, but it would be nice to implement some extra exercises so you are started with it

xJoelxxJoelx replied

easiest way on planet earth to understand the caged system!!! awesome lesson, thank you

cdbirkelcdbirkel replied

What a great lesson!

imonarimonar replied

The single most important series I've ever taken online. Thank you

kevindneesekevindneese replied

About 2 minutes into the video the sound is completely out of synch with the video so have no idea what's going on because what I'm seeing is not corresponding with what's being said.

dredariusdredarius replied

OMG... dude...that was so well explained. I get it. Now could you just make the chords easier please lol

malanjammalanjam replied

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zeffryzeffry replied

get lesson I have been playing for quite a few years on and off and never really bothered with to much theory just played by ear but but that only got me so far glad I have joined jam play and found your lessons I feel i'm going to learn loads from them and get so much better cheers buddy :]

zeffryzeffry replied

might learn to spell one day to lol

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aburleyaburley replied

Nick, you sir are a legend! Thanks!

andrewhartinandrewhartin replied

the chords i have learned look a lot different than what he is showing i recognized the c Chord but the rest of those look nothing like the chords I learned

the_ANTIDRUGthe_ANTIDRUG replied

I took lessons from two music professors and had to sit in my bedroom for 5 years in self study to figure this out myself. I hope this guy is taking some music professors job because he should; he's the better teacher!

LouisvsLouisvs replied

Great video but I want to know isn't playing the c or any other chord (not in the open position) barre chords? If it's not then please explain the difference thanks!

furchmasterfurchmaster replied

they are technically barre chords, but its just another way of playing the same chords.

LouisvsLouisvs replied

Okay, thanks

milkman666milkman666 replied

The first day I joined, I looked up this lesson and WHAM! I understand the CAGED system! It was so simple after this; 6th string G and E shape, 5th string C and A shape, 4th string D shape. If the rest of the series is like this, I'll be golden!

JustOldBobJustOldBob replied

After this Lesson I feel my the money for Jam Play was well spent.

donnydarkodonnydarko replied

I have seen this lesson in a few different renditions. I have to tell you, this is the absolute best and most technical video of this system.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thank you! that means a lot!

beefheart7beefheart7 replied

Great explanation

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kevin.cherrykevin.cherry replied

Great lesson Nick. I understand this system now, now I just need to work on applying it.

l1a1l1a1 replied

Great lesson Nick. Best instruction on CAGED ever.

hummonkeyhummonkey replied

Sorry, meant four fret stretchs are very difficult.

hummonkeyhummonkey replied

Great lesson! The frustration to understand is melting away. Finally, I understand where to start from with these shapes. I do have problems with the stretch over five frets. Some are just not possible with the size of my hands. Do you have some stretching exercises you prefer or perhaps a certain type of guitar?

thedimerythedimery replied

Excellent! Ive nailed it, thank you for this lesson.

SodaPopSodaPop replied

Think I need to re watch a few of these again. Lots to sink in.

graphtechwillgraphtechwill replied

Great lessons Nick! If my goal is to just be able to play some melodic leads and basic acoustic solos around the campfire, which arpeggios and scales should I focus on? I'm a little overwhelmed at the number of options presented. Thanks!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

I understand - If you are going to play pop/rock then you can simply focus on the E and A forms of Major and Minor triad arpeggios

graphtechwillgraphtechwill replied

Thanks Nick!

jnc51jnc51 replied

Nick, excellent lesson. I never had the CAGED system expained so clearly. I was also reading in the comments prior to mine about problems forming some of these chords and like your explanation on using a sort of "Mini Barre" chord.

ercmillaercmilla replied

for the life of me, I can't finger some of these off chord shapes. I feel like my hands just aren't big or agile enough. Did you have this problem when you started, Nick?

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

I sure did. I would suggest abbreviating some of the chords down... for example the G shape chord can just be the top 4 strings missing out the E and A strings entirely - though it is important to be visually aware of the whole shape for reference purposes

lawmason69lawmason69 replied

brilliant lesson - incredibly clear and exceptionally well thought through. thank you for taking the effort to make this so accessible. great guitarist / musician and a great teacher - thank you Nick.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

you're welcome and thank you for your kind comment!

fridayfriday replied

Nick, this was a great lesson. I really enjoyed the pace and the clear explanations. You really are, a huge asset to the site. Take care...

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thanks for such a nice comment! :)

T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied

Could you say that these are five different chord shapes with different notes in the base like slash chords?

3deeder3deeder replied

Finally, someone made sense of the CAGED system, and explained it perfectly.

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jasonconfusedjasonconfused replied

Amazing lesson Nick! But for my life I cannot play the C in that G shape.

goodwin1goodwin1 replied

This entire lesson set is amazing. I,ve been playing for years but never extracted the framework you so clearly explain. Light bulbs popping all over the place! The lesson on finding the key and how it relates to scale harmonization was a revelation to me. Brilliant pedagogy. Your lessons alone make jamplay a steal.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thanks so much - that comment really lifted my spirit! Glad the lessons are helping you

nash24nash24 replied

That was a great lesson. I finally understand the caged system. Well done..great teacher.

mtbluesmtblues replied

GREAT LESSON. I can mentally play major chords up the neck like a crazy woman, but not phisically! I know: PRACTICE. BUT WHAT ABOUT MINOR KEYS? And will this help with learning the scale positions. Mostly interested in minor pentatonic for my blues.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

hey - if you go through the series, I do a lesson on the minor CAGED chord shapes as well as scales, arpeggios and pentatonics.

dallendouglasdallendouglas replied

Hi Nick, What caused me to start looking at this lesson is that I'am trying to learn "CAPO" positions and what effect the Chord changes as you go up and down the neck. IE: If you play an E Chrord in first position,and place the Capo on the 4th fret it is then necessary to change the Chord shape to get an E Chord. I guess this is called "Voiceing"/ Not sure why it's called voiceing.Is there asimple way to determine what chords apply. You may cover this later,but I thought I would ask now. Dennis

mtbluesmtblues replied

See Mary Flowers Aritist Series "CAGED" system and capo use. Very good!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

hey dennis... well if you were to play an E shape with the capo at the 4th fret, you would in fact be getting a G# (Ab) chord... this is because the root note would be G# (Ab) because of the Capo. If you want an E chord you would need to play a C shape if the capo is on the 4th fret.

lex783lex783 replied

Brilliant explanation! I've been wondering how to use CAGED for years. YEARS! It never makes sense in books. Now it seems so simple and I actually feel kinda stupid for not getting it a long time ago. Thanks!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thanks so much man! glad it helped.

myerssa1970myerssa1970 replied

Interesting. Once you have the basic Concept down it makes perfect sense. The next question is how can I actually use this, I don't believe I'll have time to stop on the fly and start visualizing..Ok I have a C open, which is a G shape, so if I want to play this over on the eighth fret..ect..too much computing. However, VERY IMPORTANT, I realized all you have to do is know the next shape of the Root chord in your progression. For Example, your lesson was C,F,G..which is a 1,4,5 progression. So if I move down to the 8th fret/6th string and create a C chord I need to know/on the fly it's an A shape. Now the cool part, I know a 1,4,5 progression in A is A,D,E...and what do ya know if I play a D shape here and an E shape I can do it without very much thought or memorization, or backtracking to the open chords to rebuild the caged sequence. This was an Ahaaa moment for me, one that others should benefit from..specially 1,4,5 rythm players.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

Hey - once you learn the shapes well, there will be no visualizing on the fly... you will just play them - takes time but trust me, if you practice hard enough it will happen.

greyskiesgreyskies replied

Thanks a lot for this great lesson Nick! I enjoyed how you broke it down, made it very easy to understand.

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied

this really opened up my neck for me. ive been playing fora good 6 years and i have been trying to open myself to more varieties of chords to give my music more color. this really opened a great deal up for me.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

happy to hear it!

davidhetfielddavidhetfield replied

Hi Nick, great lesson. I was just wondering why you have such weird frets on the 1st position of your 2nd and 3rd strings?

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

it corrects the intonation on these frets. check

blueguitar24blueguitar24 replied

cool lesson never knew the guitar was set up like this and i have been playing for like 3 years!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

hope it helps you

thebraverygirlthebraverygirl replied

finally i get the CAGED system! I've spent years tryna grasp it fully in my head-this video clears it all up. thx Nick

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

glad I could be of help

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied

This is awesome! Its all new to me, but it makes a lotta sense. Thanks Nick.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

glad to hear it!

robabrobab replied

This is a great lesson!! Thank you!!

langtreelangtree replied

Thanks for the crystal clear explanation of the CAGED system!

bany_rockbany_rock replied

really great lesson nick! so useful! im happy i´m back in jamplay and seeing you finally recorded lessons.

apollotomasapollotomas replied

I've had huge problems to wrap my head around this - but thanx to Nick - Hey presto! Thanx man! Now it's fun to play again.... :o)

wcuretonwcureton replied

yes, finally i can get this down,. so dar so good. got the shapes yeah!!!!!!!

royreddyroyreddy replied

I wanted this to be my most recent comment about this terrific lesson. Ahah!! - it all came together here in this lesson. Previously reading Three other Fretboard books did not clear the fog. CAGED was elusive. Here the pieces came together - and I got it ! the Video Illustrates the connection of one shape to the next. Away I go CAGED enabled. thanks Nick

royreddyroyreddy replied

This is the CAGED ssytem. It walked southward up the neck C A G E D in a very connected pattern. Why is the reference material (major CAGED pdf) in another order? D A E C G? The sequence and the fretboard conenction is garbled in this way. the Dots dont line up.

royreddyroyreddy replied

that is if I understand correctly 0-:

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

well it depends on the chord you are talking scene 2 we look at the C chord, which goes Cshape A shape Gshape E shape and then D shape... then scene 3 is the F chord which starts on the E shape then, D C A G ..... then the G in scene 4 chord goes G shape, E D C A ... it depends which shape you start it on... I started each chord from their lowest possible position on the neck... but they always goes in the order of the word CAGED.... sometimes starting from a different Shape... so you can get AGEDC, GEDCA, EDCAG, DCAGE

royreddyroyreddy replied

Fair enough. The sequence is the same, where you start in the sequence will depend upon the Chord being played. I get this. My Q? is about the reference material (Major CAGED pdf), assuming that it is a 2 column newspaper-like presentation it starts under the legend on the left at D then A, and on the right column goes E, C, G. I don't get this order! Am I misreading the reference page? I think it would reinforce the sequence message and be more illustrative re-sequenced down the left C A, then down the right G E D.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

well thats not how I read it... I go from the top... E then D C A G... simply the word Caged starting from E... this is just meant to supplement the main transcription so you can visually see the shapes. hope that makes sense. thanks

royreddyroyreddy replied

Ah - it all came together here in this lesson. Three other Fretboard books did not clear the fog. CAGED was elusive. here the pieces came together - and I got it ! thanks Nick

wayne66wayne66 replied

I'm having some serious issues with the full G shape barre fingering. I believe I've seen people lift their 2nd finger off the 5th string and roll their 3rd finger down to mute that 5th string. So you're playing all the notes of the chord minus the muted 5th string note. This does seem to work better for me. Any thoughts on whether this would be an acceptable alternative or tips on how to finger the full chord?

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

hey wayne - the way I show it in this video, the 5th string is not muted... it is in fact fretted. The supplemental content is now up so you can see the exact fingering I use. Thanks! Nick

dannyw7982dannyw7982 replied

Really great lesson, has really opened up the neck of the guitar for me. Thanks alot Nick :)

jesseboy000jesseboy000 replied

Finally a lesson on the CAGED system on Jamplay! I'm eternally grateful Nick!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thanks for the uplifting comments folks... glad to help

kmd2358kmd2358 replied

I'm so grateful for this lesson set. I read about the CAGED system from the sticky thread in the forum. I was completely confused. The video lessons help immensely. Thank you! :)

gibstratgibstrat replied

cool, thx again

steveeulbergsteveeulberg replied

Very well done, Nick! This is a very different way of mapping the fretboard than I learned, and now I can more clearly see the logic of the CAGED system. No doubt several of my students will also be able to make use of it to better understand their instruments. Always good to have several tools in the belt--thanks for giving a very clear description and application of this one! Steve

peterpaulpeterpaul replied

Loved this lesson! great job and great teacher Thanx Jam play

wayne66wayne66 replied

got the fretboard theory understood easily enough... actually fingering these barre chords not as easy

guitarmonkeyguitarmonkey replied

Very cool lesson, i never understood squat of the system but you managed to explain it to me! Looking forward to more of your lessons!!!!!!

nkraftnkraft replied

Good, solid explanation of an important concept. Thanks Nick, great lesson and I hope to see more of your stuff here.

JarjorJarjor replied

great lesson nick, wondering if you could do a lesson on the caged system for scales? thanks

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

its all done... just a matter of time before the videos are edited and posted...

dfrye4dfrye4 replied

i always wondered about this, having come across the catch phrase "CAGED" a million times in magazines. Now I get it, thanks.

David.WallimannDavid.Wallimann replied

Great lesson Nick! :-)

currannicurranni replied

bout time :D thanks nick

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied

thanks guys, hope you find it useful - I will be doing the tabs for this ASAP.

WheelerWheeler replied

Great lesson on a great subject. Thanks Nick!

Mr.BlakeMr.Blake replied

Great Lesson Nick

Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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

CAGED SystemLesson 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 Members Only
Major Triad ArpeggiosLesson 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 Members Only
Dominant 7th Arpeggios 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 Members Only
Major Pentatonic Scales in the CAGED SystemLesson 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 Members Only
CAGED System Major ScaleLesson 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 Members Only
CAGED Minor ShapesLesson 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 Members Only
Minor Triad ArpeggiosLesson 7

Minor Triad Arpeggios

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

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Minor 7th ArpeggiosLesson 8

Minor 7th Arpeggios

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

Length: 6:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Minor Pentatonic ScaleLesson 9

Minor Pentatonic Scale

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

Length: 3:10 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
CAGED Natural Minor ScaleLesson 10

CAGED Natural Minor Scale

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

Length: 4:29 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
IntervalsLesson 11


Nick Kellie discusses intervals and interval spacing on the guitar.

Length: 24:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Parent ScalesLesson 12

Parent Scales

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

Length: 10:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Harmonizing the Major ScaleLesson 13

Harmonizing the Major Scale

Nick Kellie discusses how to harmonize the diatonic major scale.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Modes of the Major ScaleLesson 14

Modes of the Major Scale

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

Length: 22:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Phrygian ModeLesson 15

Phrygian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Phrygian mode of the major scale.

Length: 6:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lydian ModeLesson 16

Lydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Lydian mode of the major scale.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mixolydian ModeLesson 17

Mixolydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Mixolydian mode in five positions.

Length: 8:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Aeolian ModeLesson 18

Aeolian Mode

Nick Kellie demonstrates the Aeolian mode in five positions.

Length: 5:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Locrian ModeLesson 19

Locrian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Locrian mode in five positions.

Length: 6:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Changing Keys Using ModesLesson 20

Changing Keys Using Modes

Nick Kellie explains how to change modes while improvising.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Building Modal Chord ProgressionsLesson 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 Members Only
Chord DevelopmentLesson 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 Members Only
Lick DevelopmentLesson 23

Lick Development

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

Length: 11:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Determining the KeyLesson 24

Determining the Key

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

Length: 13:49 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Non-Diatonic Chord ProgressionsLesson 25

Non-Diatonic Chord Progressions

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

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
7th ChordsLesson 26

7th Chords

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

Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Soloing Over ChordsLesson 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
Modal AlterationsLesson 28

Modal Alterations

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

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Modal Pentatonic ScalesLesson 29

Modal Pentatonic Scales

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

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
9th ChordsLesson 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 Members Only
11th ChordsLesson 31

11th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 11th chords and their applications.

Length: 4:39 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
13th ChordsLesson 32

13th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates voicings for 13th chords.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Dorian and Super LocrianLesson 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 Members Only
Jazz Soloing #1Lesson 34

Jazz Soloing #1

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

Length: 20:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Jazz Soloing #2Lesson 35

Jazz Soloing #2

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

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Building ChordsLesson 36

Building Chords

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

Length: 5:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Reading Scale ChartsLesson 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 Members Only
Understanding Modal PlayingLesson 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 Members Only
Separating Modes from Their Parent ScalesLesson 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...

Length: 16:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Practical Modal ApplicationsLesson 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...

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Scale SequencingLesson 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...

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Pentatonic Scale SequencingLesson 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 Members Only
Sequencing TriadsLesson 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...

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Diatonic Seventh Chord ArpeggiosLesson 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 Members Only
Harmonizing KeysLesson 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 Members Only
Backing Track Study #1Lesson 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 Members Only
Backing Track Study #2Lesson 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 Members Only
Scales and 3rd IntervalsLesson 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...

Length: 10:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Nick Kellie

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.

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In lesson 6, Kaki discusses how the left and right hands can work together or independently of each other to create different...

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Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is...

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In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.

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Rex Brown Rex Brown

Dive into the playing of Rex Brown. As the bass player for Pantera, Down, and Kill Devil Hill, Brown's real world experience...

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Dan Sugarman Dan Sugarman

Dan Sugarman gives us an introduction and preview to his series - Sugarman's Shredding Revolution.

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Mike introduces himself and his series.

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Ariel Posen Ariel Posen

Vibrato is a technique that not only gives character to your guitar playing, it conveys your personality on the guitar, giving...

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JD McGibney JD McGibney

Now that we’ve set ourselves up to be in a soloing mindset, let’s break down an actual solo. For this exercise we are...

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James Malone James Malone

James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

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Brent Mason Brent Mason

Learn Nashville style country guitar from one of the most recorded guitarists in history. Check out rhythm grooves, solos,...

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Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan

Billy starts his artist series off with a lesson on something he gets asked the most to explain: right hand 3 finger technique.

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Eric Haugen Eric Haugen

Eric Haugen discusses the goals of his "Six String Problem Solver" lesson series and what kind of material it covers.

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Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

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