|C-A-G-E-D DVD's Reviews
Some of the most unforgettable popular songs in American
musical history were written in the early years of the 20th century.
Guitar ace Ernie Hawkins has made arrangements of four classic pop
songs that are perfect for the alternate-thumb fingerpicking method
known as Piedmont Style.
Working through each of these wonderful songs - When the Red, Red
Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along (Harry Woods), The Charleston
(James P. Johnson), Rockin’ Chair (Hoagy Carmichael) and Glory of
Love (William Hill) - will increase your knowledge of the guitar
and provide hours of fun.
Ernie takes apart each of these songs, note-for-note and measure-for-measure,
showing the chord shapes, bass and melody lines, licks and rhythms
that bring each one to life. By picking these with the traditional
steady bass and syncopated melody technique, you’ll develop a style
that will be great for solo performances or jamming with other players.
Ernie builds on the techniques he developed on his hugely successful
C-A-G-E-D System DVD lessons, and these wonderful arrangements will
add immeasurably to your skills and repertoire.
These DVD lessons on the 'C-A-G-E-D Guitar System' are simply
I was introduced to 'caged' last year, but couldn't get the hang
of it. Recently I received your DVD's as a gift and BANG -- 'the
lights went on!' Your explanations and teaching style have really
put it across for me. It's made the guitar accessible to me in ways
I never imagined.
Piano has been my instrument since childhood and I consider myself
reasonably strong on theory. Even so, when I took up the guitar
and first looked at chord books, it seemed as if there were 10,000
random ways to play an "A" chord. Beyond from the root
positions on the fretboard, nothing appeared systematic or fundamental.
C-A-G-E-D really is the ANSWER to that mystery and your careful
explanations have taught me that what's going on 'under the hood'
is actually very straightforward.
Lastly, let me say that your unhurried teaching style and repetition
is a big help to digesting the material. Your relaxed pace makes
the lessons easy to use over and over.
Some DVD lessons pack too much in, fail to reiterate for coherency,
or simply move too quickly. Your lessons strike a perfect tempo
and that makes them a great 'woodshedding' tool. Kurt Volk
Aspiring guitar players generally start learning a few simple open
chords near the bottom of the fretboard, and only gradually comprehend
the relationships between those chords and develop the facility
to replicate those chords elsewhere on the fretboard and to transpose
melodies from one key to another. In this very useful two-DVD set,
Ernie Hawkins presents, in a compressed yet easily digestible format,
a wealth of knowledge about the anatomy of the guitar fretboard
that it took me several years of trial and error to develop. The
CAGED system begins with fingerpicking positions defined by the
open chords built on the keys of C, A, G, E, and D, respectively,
and then builds on the notes contained within each chord and the
relationship of one to the next. Hawkins then shows how each chord
form can be moved up the fretboard, discussing such topics as chord
inversions and the arpeggios that form the skeleton of most single-
note guitar playing. In the second DVD, Hawkins introduces the notion
of passing chords and how to move smoothly from one chord position
to another while traveling up the guitar neck. Hawkins, is a clear,
enthusiastic teacher, and these DVDs are highly recommended for
all guitarists who want to gain a clearer understanding of their
instrument, as well as being completely suitable for beginners.
Just wanted to thank you for your CAGED dvds. I've never been able
to put it all together and feel like I know the guitar and where
to go and what to do at different times. I think this will help
me tremendously. Tom Hyatt Taylors SC
The lessons are very clear and will help
guitarists at all levels navigate the fretboard with confidence.
They provide a lot of understandable and practical music theory,
including an introduction to arpeggios, scale degrees, chords, and
keys. Although the examples lean on the 12-bar blues form, they
apply to any progression in any style. A powerful tool kit for guitarists,
the CAGED system as taught in this set of lessons can be usefully
applied to arranging, improvisation, and playing up the neck. Thanks
for putting this all together in such an accessible set of lessons.
Thanks for a wonderful experience. I'm having
a total blast running up and down the neck of my guitar and ukulele.
It's been an eye opening experience. Great video. I'm making more
progress in 6 months than I used to make in six years. Kurt
The video is excellent. I knew the chord
forms and how to move them up but did not know about passing chords.
This video really connects the dots. I can see how this will also
help me with improvising. It was worth the wait. Tom Groh
I received my C-A-G-E-D DVD's in the mail.
I started the first one last night. It is excellent!!! Ernie is
a such a wonderful instructor!! Finally, the fretboard will make
sense!!! Time for him to work on the Rev. Davis Ragtime series!!!!!
We just can't let him rest on his laurels. Dan Eason
For those of us who have studied with Ernie
these DVDs are n excellent review and departure point for further
explorations of the CAGED system. Other players now will be able
to understand what is meant by a third position C chord. The DVDs
are easily understandable for intermediate players yet rigorous
for players at all levels. Bob Horn
The CAGED Video is fabulous! It is the best
guitar video out there today. Blue Barry Faust
Thank you for producing the C-A-G-E-D system
DVD. I have been slowly working my way through it (I’m a slow
learner). This approach has re-ignited my desire to play. After
each hour long practice session I do each day I shake my head and
say to myself “I wish that I learned this 20 years ago”.
But, there is no time like the present, huh. It is just amazing
how the symptoms of the Multiple Sclerosis seem to fade away when
I am practicing/playing. God bless you for providing this path.
This dvd has really put the guitar neck in
a much better perspective and within notable reach. Andy
I've worked on the gospel of Rev. Gary Davis
for at least four years and I'm still at it! I got the CAGED 1 for
xmas. I actually sit at my computer and say very loud, as Ernie
says to do, the notes of the chord arpeggios! Drives me nuts, but
it forces me to get the fundamentals! the dvd-1 has connected a
lot of ideas. I'm looking forward to dvd-2. The gospel guitar dvds
and the CAGED dvds are the only instructional materials I have in
my house, so I consider Ernie my teacher!!! Mark Mershon