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CAGED Bootcamp

Your step-by-step pathway to fretboard freedom.

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WHo it's for

Intermediate guitarists

Know the basics but feel like your playing has hit a plateau? This class will open up your fretboard.

Time

10 weeks

Molly will guide you through 8 levels of step-by-step instruction with daily practice plans and assessments.

Outcome

Fretboard freedom

By the end of this Bootcamp, you'll be able to confidently solo across your entire fretboard in any key or genre.

JUST THE START

Take the next step

Once you've mastered CAGED, keep progressing with advanced Master Classes and guided learning paths.

What you'll learn

The CAGED system is the best method for demystifying your guitar and unlocking your fretboard.

  • Confidently improvise in any key or genre
  • Break out of scale-shape boxes
  • Visualize your entire fretboard
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

In this 8-week Bootcamp, Dr. Molly Miller will guide you toward fretboard freedom.

CAGED shapes

In Level 1, you'll start off nice and easy by building your CAGED foundation with a series of exercises designed to help you map out your fretboard.

Level 1 consists of seven gradually-paced days. The lessons are suitable for beginners and anyone new to the CAGED system.

How to connect CAGED

Level 2 is all about demystifying your fretboard. You’ll learn how to get unstuck from positional playing and lay the groundwork to effortlessly solo anywhere on your guitar.

Throughout seven days of lessons, you'll work on connecting CAGED shapes across your guitar with simple melodies.

Major Pentatonic

In Level 3, you’ll get acquainted with the major pentatonic scale and learn how to connect it across your fretboard through the lens of the CAGED system.

The skills you learn here will enable you to improvise in any key across your entire fretboard. If you properly digest and practice the material in this level, your fretboard will really start to open up.

Level 4. Soloing With CAGED

Put your knowledge to work! In this level, you'll jam with Molly to improvise guitar solos over a series of backing tracks.

Level 5. The Major Scale

Learn the major scale through the lens of CAGED. This level will set you up to tackle advanced soloing concepts in Level 6.

Level 6. Soloing With the Major Scale

Learn advanced soloing techniques like "playing the changes", soloing through two key centers, and soloing over minor chords.

Level 7. Minor Shapes

Make the leap from major to minor as you adapt your existing CAGED skills to unlock even more of your fretboard.

Level 8. Minor Pentatonic

Explore soloing applications for your newfound minor CAGED shape knowledge with the minor pentatonic scale.

Level 9 coming soon!

Curriculum

Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.

60-Day Plan

Level 1. CAGED Shapes

Start mapping out your fretboard by learning the fundamentals of the CAGED system.

Overview

Let's get set up! By the end of this level, you’ll be able to play all of the CAGED shapes, connect them, and find the root notes in every position.

Day 1. C Shape

Get started by learning the first shape of the CAGED system – the C shape.

Day 2. A Shape

Explore the second shape of the CAGED system – the A shape.

Day 3. G shape

Continue building your CAGED foundation with the almighty G shape!

Day 4. E Shape

Dive into one of Molly’s favorite shapes – the E shape.

Day 5. D Shape

Get comfortable with the final shape in the CAGED system.

Day 6. Connecting CAGED in C

You will synthesize your hard work from the past five days by connecting your CAGED shapes.

Day 7. Final Assignments

Recap what you learned and pass a series of final assessments to make sure you're ready for Level 2.

Level 2. Connecting the CAGED shapes

Continue building your foundation by connecting CAGED shapes with simple musical lines.

Overview

Level 2 is all about demystifying your fretboard. You’ll learn how to get unstuck from positional playing and lay the groundwork to effortlessly solo anywhere on your guitar. By the end of this level, you’ll be able to connect the shapes of CAGED in any key. This is where the magic starts to happen!

Day 1. Connecting Shapes in the Key of C

Kick things off by recapping how to connect all the CAGED shapes in the key of C.

Day 2. Connecting Shapes in the Key of G

Explore how to connect the CAGED system in the key of G.

Day 3. Connecting in D

Continue honing your CAGED foundation by connecting shapes in the key of D.

Day 4. Connecting With Lines

Today, you'll work on making things musical by connecting CAGED shapes across you fretboard with melodic fills. Fun!

Day 5. Connecting With More Lines

Work on connecting your E, D, and C shapes. First, Molly will demonstrate in the key of C, then you’ll practice the exercises in G.

Day 6. Connecting the Entire CAGED Cycle

Tie everything together by connecting your entire fretboard with the lines you learned over the previous two days.

Day 7. Final Challenges

Review what you worked on in Level 2, and take a series of assessments to make sure you're ready to move on.

Level 3. CAGED Major Pentatonic

Get started with improvisation and soloing by learning to use the major pentatonic scale through the lens of the CAGED system.

Overview

Over the next 10 days of instruction, you’ll get acquainted with the major pentatonic scale and learn how to connect it across your fretboard. This will enable you to improvise in any key across your entire fretboard.

Day 1. C Shape

Start making music with the CAGED system. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to navigate the major pentatonic scale using your C CAGED shape in the key of D.

Day 2. C-Shape Application

Today, you’ll learn licks, jam, and improvise with Molly!

Day 3. A Shape

Explore another major pentatonic position through the lens of your A shape.

Day 4. A-Shape Application

Just like in Day 2, you’ll learn some licks, jam, and improvise with Molly.

Day 5. G Shape

Molly breaks down the major pentatonic scale as it relates to the G shape.

Day 6. G-Shape Application

Work on making the G shape musical and connecting it with the C and A shape scale positions you learned earlier.

Day 7. E Shape

Work on the major pentatonic scale as it relates to the E shape – a crucial one to digest because you’ll use it all the time.

Day 8. E-Shape Application

Ready to rock out on the E shape? Today, you’ll work on connecting it with the C, A, and G shapes.

Day 9. D Shape

Work on connecting the D shape with the C, A, G, and E shapes.

Day 10. D-Shape Application

Follow along with Molly as she recaps how she uses each CAGED shape while improvising, then dive into the day’s exercises.

Technical Check-In

Review what you learned and pass a series of assessments to make sure you're all set to move on.

Levels 4-8. Soloing with CAGED

Take your CAGED skills to the next level. Put the focus on soloing, apply CAGED to the major scale, learn how to "play the changes", and tackle CAGED through the lens of minor scales.

Level 4.

This section is all about guitar soloing. The best way to learn soloing is by jamming, which means you’re in for a whole ton of fun for Level 4.

Day 1. How to Solo Through Positions

To start, you’ll work on jamming in two isolated positions across two strings in the key of C.

Day 2. Add the Top 2 Strings

Let’s keep building on your progress from yesterday by adding your B and e strings into the mix.

Day 3. Add the Bottom 2 Strings

Hit the guitar gym by adding the lower strings into your jamming routine.

Day 4. How to Move Keys (and Get Funky)

Today, you'll work on some funky jams. You'll move up to the key of D while still working in your G and E shapes.

Day 5. Expand to the C and A Shapes (Top 3 Strings)

Today, you'll explore your C and A shapes in the key of D.

Day 6. Expand to the C and A Shapes (Lower 3 Strings)

You’re past the halfway mark! Today, you'll finish off these C and A shapes with the lower three strings.

Day 7. How to Connect Through "C A G E" Positions

Start connecting the four CAGED positions that you've been working on in this level so far.

Day 8. The Final Countdown/Shape (D Shape)

Conquer soloing with your final CAGED shape!

Day 9. Completing the Puzzle: D Shape – Higher Part

So far, you’ve connected your C, A, G, and E major pentatonic scale shapes. Now, it’s time to fill in the missing piece with your D shape.

Day 10. You Made It! Let's Recap.

Work on a series of improvisational jams to help you tie the past nine days of instruction together.

Assessments

Finally, we’ll wrap up with a few assessments to benchmark your progress.


Level 5. The Major Scale

In this level, you’ll learn the major scale like the back of your hand so you can tackle advanced soloing concepts in Level 6.

Day 1. How to Play the Major Scale: C Shape

Learn the basic theory behind the major scale and work on applying it to the CAGED system.

Day 2. A-Shape Application

Compare how the major pentatonic scale relates to the major scale within the A CAGED shape.

Day 3. G-Shape Application

Practice the major scale within the G CAGED shape, then apply it in an improvisational context.

Day 4. How to Connect C, A, and G Positions

Work on making things musical by connecting your C, A, and G major-scale CAGED positions.

Day 5. E-Shape Application

Practice the major scale within the E CAGED shape, then apply it in an improvisational context.

Day 6. D-Shape Application

Work on applying the major scale to your last CAGED shape: D.

Day 7. Connecting the Entire CAGED Cycle

Tie the previous days of instruction together and work on connecting the major-scale CAGED positions.

Day 8. Connecting All Positions in the Key of F

Work on connecting your major-scale CAGED positions in a new key: F.

Day 9. Connecting All Positions in the Key of Ab

Work on connecting your major scale throughout the CAGED cycle in Ab.

Day 10. Final Challenges

Review everything you learned and complete a series of technical challenges to ensure you're ready for Level 6.


Level 6. Soloing With the Major Scale

Take your major scale CAGED soloing abilities to new heights by learning how to play the changes, combine two different key centers, and improvise over minor chords.

Day 1. D to F – Parallel Positions

Learn how to solo across two key centers by using parallel motion.

Day 2. D to F – In Position

Continue working on multi-key soloing by combining scales in one area of the fretboard.

Day 3. D to F – Next Two Positions

Work on two additional fretboard zones to seamlessly weave in and out of different keys.

Day 4. D to F – Final Two Positions

Cap off your hard work combining two key centers with two final fretboard zones

Day 5. D to F – All Positions

Tie together the past five days of instruction aimed at soloing between two key centers.

Day 6. Applying CAGED to I, IV, and V Chords

Learn about macro vs. micro approaches to soloing over an iconic chord progression.

Day 7. How to Apply CAGED to Minor Chords – I IIm

Learn how to find the relative major for any minor chord to fuel your micro approach to soloing.

Day 8. Stepping It Up! – I III7 IV IVm

Learn how to solo over the most difficult chord progression you've seen in this Bootcamp!

Day 9. Solidify Your Gains: G to Bbmaj7

Lock in your hard work with a final day of practice soloing between two different key centers.

Day 10. Final Challenges

You made it! Recap what you learned, discover next steps, and complete your graduation challenges for Level 6.

Level 7. Minor Shapes

In this level, you’ll build on your knowledge of minor CAGED shapes and arpeggios to map out the entire fretboard. This will make improvising in a minor key so much easier than before.

Day 1. All About Minor

Start off nice & easy with the A minor CAGED shape and an exploration of why it's important to learn CAGED through the lens of minor harmony.

Day 2. C Minor Shape

Tackle the first minor shape in the CAGED cycle: C minor. You'll work on getting comfortable with the shape and practice arpeggiating it.

Day 3. G Minor Shape

Lock a third minor shape under your fingers. Throughout this level, you'll use a simple trick to get from major to minor by flattening the third.

Day 4. Moving to a New Key

Today, we'll take a breather from new shape memorization and transpose what you learned to a new key! This is a great way to test how well you're absorbing these new minor CAGED shapes.

Day 5. E Minor Shape

Continue your minor shape studies by internalizing and arpeggiating the E minor shape.

Day 6. D Minor Shape

Cap off your hard work with one final minor shape: D minor.

Day 7. Recap and Check-ins

Tie the previous days of instruction together and make sure you're ready to move on.

Level 8. Minor Pentatonic

In this level, you’ll explore soloing applications for your newfound minor CAGED shape knowledge with the minor pentatonic scale.

Day 1. Intro to Minor Pentatonic

Explore soloing applications for the A minor CAGED shape, and learn how the minor pentatonic scale will be your greatest ally as an improvisor.

Day 2. C Minor Shape

Explore soloing applications for the C minor CAGED shape. Learning scale shapes all over again might not be super exciting right at this point, but stick with it! Getting to know the minor pentatonic is going to free you up from constantly calculating every step in relation to major.

Day 3. G Minor Shape

You worked your way through the C minor and A minor shape. Today, you’ll add the G minor shape and explore how to use it in an improvisational context.

Day 4. Moving to a New Key

Today, we'll kick things off by solidifying all minor pentatonic shapes you’ve learned so far – the C, A and G shapes – then, we’ll tackle a new key. Reviewing material is a great way to test your knowledge. It would be easy to move quickly through this level but if you speed on through, that doesn’t mean you’ll know these scales well enough to use them.

Day 5. E Minor Shape

Gotta catch ‘em all! We’ve got C, A, & G minor and are moving on to E minor today. You’re well on your way to be able to freely navigate the fretboard in any minor key.

Day 6. D Minor Shape

Today, you’ll complete your minor CAGED shape work. After that, all that’s left to do on Day 7 is to put all your new skills to the test.

Day 7. Recap and Check-ins

Tie the previous days of instruction together and make sure you're ready to move on.

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Learn how CAGED Bootcamp has helped real guitarists break through their playing plateau and realize their potential.

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