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I am not well versed in the CAGED system so this might not be new to those who are.
I have been working on some Charlie Christian solos lately. If you are not familiar with Charlie, he was a swing era guitarist whose very short career was with Benny Goodman’s band. He is often said to be the first guy to use an electric guitar to play lead. His playing incorporates blues, swing, and jazz.
I was reading a piece about his playing style and it stated that he played everything out of basic triad shapes, filling in notes between, resulting in a mix of major and minor pentatonics with other chromatic notes.
Nowhere did the author mention the CAGED system, but it was clear that the basic shapes were the CAGED patterns on the top (in pitch) four strings. As I worked through these on the guitar, I noticed that each of the CAGED shapes and their extensions fit nicely into one of the minor pentatonic patterns. So as you work your way up the neck, CAGED C is minor pentatonic pattern 3, A is 4, G is 5, E is 1 and D is 2.
I am really comfortable with this over pattern 1/E shape, as are many guitarists. I am hoping this will open up some other areas.
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