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Nick Kellie

CAGED System Major Scale

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

Taught by Nick Kellie in Theory and Improvisation with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 5:35Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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Tashawasha222Tashawasha222 replied on May 30th, 2017

Is there tabs to the lessons on this site? Im new to the site so Id appreciate the tabs to the lessons.

Tashawasha222Tashawasha222 replied on May 30th, 2017

Is there tabs to the lessons on this site? Im new to the site so Id appreciate the tabs to the lessons.

jboothjbooth replied on May 30th, 2017

You can access the tablature by clicking the "supplemental" button under the video. That will have all tabs, backing tracks, notation, etc.

ManoguerdManoguerd replied on February 17th, 2017

Is there any reason why you don't have in the supplemental section a map of the scale like in the major triad and dominant seven lessons? I find the maps useful in visualizing the fretboard and understanding what's different between the scales.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on August 27th, 2015

Hey Nick, you look so young in this video. How long ago was this?

TasiTasi replied on July 5th, 2015

Hi Nick, I love the theory series, really gave me insight on how to use the CAGED system to the best of my advantage. However, I do have one question. Say you can jam to a given chord progression which is in the Key of CMAJOR and there are two chord progressions as follows- 1)C,F,G 2)C,F,G,Dminor Can I use the C major scale in any position of the CAGED system or do they have to C major scale in the some specific shape( for example,if G chord is played then C major scale in theG position of the CAGED system) ? Also, would the chords that are playing make a difference to what position of C major you would play? I also have no idea how to effectively use the arpeggios, how can I apply those to a backing track?

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on July 5th, 2015

hey - glad it helped. The C major scale has the same 7 notes no matter what position you play it in... The position is just another place to play the same notes. If your chord progression fits into the Key of C major then you can play in any C major scale position on the neck... you can use as many or as few as you like, its just another place to play the same notes. The skill and artistry is the next step (i.e. making it sound musical and interesting). Hope that helps

rckmsnrckmsn replied on May 27th, 2014

doe's anybody ever read this page???

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 27th, 2014

Yes I read it! Thanks for your comments. Great idea!

rckmsnrckmsn replied on May 27th, 2014

those scale charts need to be in the this lesson like they are for the minor scale! so they can be compared since they are realitive.

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 15th, 2012

Still need to work on this one but thanks so much brother!

medullamedulla replied on February 14th, 2012

Thanks Nick, huge help. My only question is that the G and D forms are incredibly hard to...well...form. Do you actually play them as chords or do you mainly use CAGED as a visualization system for improv? I'm assuming the latter??

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on February 28th, 2012

well I dont use them in their full form always... usually I abbreviate them down to the top three strings for the D shape and the top 4 strings for the G shape and just visualize where the low roots are (even though I'm not playing them)

donguitzydonguitzy replied on February 24th, 2011

lol...now i'm thinking why didn't someone show mem caged all this time?hahaha

guitarmonkeyguitarmonkey replied on April 14th, 2010

O my god jim i totally understand what u are saying. I bought a book explaining all kinds of stuff such as modes ( aeolian...) and i really didn't get it until now. Nick u rule man, seriously. Btw, will u ever do a lesson on modes? there is a lot of confusing information to be found about that subject :) greets

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on April 14th, 2010

thanks guitar monkey! Glad it all made sense... Yeah there are some lessons on the modes on the way. Nick

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on April 9th, 2010

Great lesson set, Nick. I've been working on scales in different positions from a book for weeks. Your five minute lesson has switched on some lightbulbs in my head, Thanks and keep them coming. Jim

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on April 12th, 2010

glad to be of help :)

Tashawasha222Tashawasha222 replied on June 5th, 2017

Hey nick your the best teacher thanks for everything I was wondering if you could upload a pdf of the a,b,d,e major scales and there patterns.Thanks for giving me the C,G, and F I really appreciate that. Most teachers just give me the C I will pritty much do anything i can for you and jamplay if you can make the rest available for me. Also the minor scale shapes would be a huge plus.

jboothjbooth replied on June 7th, 2017

Hi Tasha: have you gone ahead and checked our scale library to see if it helps you? You can see the full major scale in any position that you see fit. http://members.jamplay.com/teaching-tools/scale-library/view/major-scale#C

Tashawasha222Tashawasha222 replied on June 5th, 2017

Hey nick your the best teacher thanks for everything I was wondering if you could upload a pdf of the a,b,d,e major scales and there patterns.Thanks for giving me the C,G, and F I really appreciate that. Most teachers just give me the C I will pritty much do anything i can for you and jamplay if you can make the rest available for me. Also the minor scale shapes would be a huge plus.

Tashawasha222Tashawasha222 replied on June 5th, 2017

Hey nick your the best teacher thanks for everything I was wondering if you could upload a pdf of the a,b,d,e major scales and there patterns.Thanks for giving me the C,G, and F I really appreciate that. Most teachers just give me the C I will pritty much do anything i can for you and jamplay if you can make the rest available for me. Also the minor scale shapes would be a huge plus.

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.



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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 7

Minor Triad Arpeggios

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

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 10

CAGED Natural Minor Scale

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

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

Intervals

Nick Kellie discusses intervals and interval spacing on the guitar.

Length: 24:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 13

Harmonizing the Major Scale

Nick Kellie discusses how to harmonize the diatonic major scale.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 15

Phrygian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Phrygian mode of the major scale.

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

Lydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Lydian mode of the major scale.

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

Mixolydian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Mixolydian mode in five positions.

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

Aeolian Mode

Nick Kellie demonstrates the Aeolian mode in five positions.

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

Locrian Mode

Nick Kellie covers the Locrian mode in five positions.

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

Changing Keys Using Modes

Nick Kellie explains how to change modes while improvising.

Length: 15:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 23

Lick Development

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

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

Determining the Key

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

Length: 13:49 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 26

7th Chords

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

Length: 11:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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
Lesson 28

Modal Alterations

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

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 31

11th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses 11th chords and their applications.

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

13th Chords

Nick Kellie discusses and demonstrates voicings for 13th chords.

Length: 6:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members Only
Lesson 34

Jazz Soloing #1

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

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

Jazz Soloing #2

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

Length: 10:50 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 16:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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...

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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...

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 3.0 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 10:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

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 www.digital-nations.com - 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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