Archive Monthly Archives: January 2009

Student Asks About My Gear

One of my youtube students asks about my line6 podxt video lesson: “ok… i never understood how it works… do you like plug it to your PC and you set the settings you want on the software and load it to the PODxt and plug it to your amp using the settings you loaded to the podXT? plz answer.”

My response was: “depends what you want to do. for playing you can just plug in speakers to it.
you can plug it into your pc with usb cable in order to use the software I showed – to make changes to patches, etc. for recording you can go digital via usb or analog via the soundcard using audio cables. i don’t use an amp.”

How to Solo Over Chord Changes

Here’s a good example of getting prepared to solo over chord changes with a jazz chord progression. You basically learn the arpeggios of each chord in each of the 5 CAGED shapes I’ve talked about. Then you play one chord tone per beat (quarter note) and when the chord changes, switch to the closest chord tone of the next chord in the same direction (ascending or descending). The 3 chords are:
Dmin7 – D F A C
G7 – G B D F
Cmaj7 – C E G B

Locate these notes in each CAGED shape and go from as low as possible to as high as possible within each shape.

Please have a look at my blog post on the CAGED shapes and make sure you understand the 5 shapes.
For further study on your own, check out Ernie Hawkins: C-A-G-E-D Guitar System Made Easy, Vol. 1 2 and 3

And/or if you’d like to study the CAGED system with me, check out Online Guitar Coaching