sweetdude3000
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#1
I am into playing rock and blues music. What are the main arpeggio shapes to get started on from the CAGED system? Major, minor, dominant? A, E, C forms?

I know eventually it's best to know them all, but it's probably better to really concentrate on a few and know them inside out than some of the more obscure ones.
luvs2gro
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#2
Quote by sweetdude3000
I am into playing rock and blues music. What are the main arpeggio shapes to get started on from the CAGED system? Major, minor, dominant? A, E, C forms?

I know eventually it's best to know them all, but it's probably better to really concentrate on a few and know them inside out than some of the more obscure ones.


Do you have a fundamental understanding of the caged system already, and just need to know all the minor/dominant varients?

The "main shapes" are the C chord, A chord, G chord, E chord, and D chord, these chords are overlay-ed repeatedly over the entire neck, to make them minor just flat the third or for dominant chords add the flat seven...

Do you own any books about the CAGED system? seen a couple youtube videos of it?


To my knowledge these are the "main appregio" shapes in major:

C shape
E|--------------
B|-----------1--
G|--------0-----
D|-----2--------
A|--3-----------
E|--------------

A shape
E|---------------3--
B|------------5-----
G|--------5---------
D|-----5------------
A|--3---------------
E|------------------


G shape
E|-----------------8--
B|--------------5-----
G|-----------5--------
D|--------5-----------
A|-----7--------------
E|--8-----------------

E shape
E|-------------------8--
B|----------------8-----
G|-------------9--------
D|---------10-----------
A|-----10---------------
E|--8-------------------

D shape
E|------------------12--
B|--------------13------
G|----------12----------
D|------10--------------
A|--10------------------
E|----------------------

Every time it is still a C major, but you are playing it in 5 different positions, starting with the shape of C major, shifting to A major, shifting to G major, shifting to E major, shifting to D major then starting over again...

Notice how when one position ends the other starts immediately, the notes flow seamlessly across the entire neck.

You can take the same shapes and use them for any major chord, for minor just find the 3rd and lower it a half step, for dominant chords add the b7, for major 7 chords add the natural 7 and for minor 7 chords add a flat 7 and a flat 3rd

Hope this is what you are asking, haha good luck
Last edited by luvs2gro at Mar 15, 2013,
sukittrebek
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#3
Take a chord and play it all down the neck from the lowest position going through all the shapes. Gives you good practice with all of them. Do it in different keys. Then work each variation, starting with easier ones like minor.
deltadaz
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Join date: Oct 2011
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#4
print out some neck diagrams find out what notes are in the chords you want.
write them out and pick the shapes that suit you. you may come with something original.
But this goes up to 11
sweetdude3000
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Join date: Mar 2012
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#5
Quote by luvs2gro
Do you have a fundamental understanding of the caged system already, and just need to know all the minor/dominant varients?

The "main shapes" are the C chord, A chord, G chord, E chord, and D chord, these chords are overlay-ed repeatedly over the entire neck, to make them minor just flat the third or for dominant chords add the flat seven...

Do you own any books about the CAGED system? seen a couple youtube videos of it?


To my knowledge these are the "main appregio" shapes in major:

C shape
E|--------------
B|-----------1--
G|--------0-----
D|-----2--------
A|--3-----------
E|--------------

A shape
E|---------------3--
B|------------5-----
G|--------5---------
D|-----5------------
A|--3---------------
E|------------------


G shape
E|-----------------8--
B|--------------5-----
G|-----------5--------
D|--------5-----------
A|-----7--------------
E|--8-----------------

E shape
E|-------------------8--
B|----------------8-----
G|-------------9--------
D|---------10-----------
A|-----10---------------
E|--8-------------------

D shape
E|------------------12--
B|--------------13------
G|----------12----------
D|------10--------------
A|--10------------------
E|----------------------

Every time it is still a C major, but you are playing it in 5 different positions, starting with the shape of C major, shifting to A major, shifting to G major, shifting to E major, shifting to D major then starting over again...

Notice how when one position ends the other starts immediately, the notes flow seamlessly across the entire neck.

You can take the same shapes and use them for any major chord, for minor just find the 3rd and lower it a half step, for dominant chords add the b7, for major 7 chords add the natural 7 and for minor 7 chords add a flat 7 and a flat 3rd

Hope this is what you are asking, haha good luck


Thanks! Yea I do have two books on the CAGED system and I understand that arpeggios for major/minor are the 135 and 1b35 which are well stroked in a sequence as a melodic line. I was wondering if people actually use all of the shapes in the system though. I think the G and D is not as common for chords, but it probably stands to reason the same for arpeggios...
Freepower
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#6
G shape is fairly common, actually, but rarely played across all the strings.

eg,

B

x
4
4
4
x
x

fretted with a first finger barre is actually part of a G shape chord.

And the D shape gets used all the time.