The CAGED SystemThis is a system that I learned at Musicians Institute and has also been published in many forms. The CAGED shapes are there on your guitar neck and you may have noticed some of these similarities before. The idea is that you can cover the entire neck of the guitar with these five chord shapes: C, A, G, E and D. If you look at the root of each of these chords they all match up like puzzle pieces. Let's learn C on the entire neck as our example.
CStart with the C chord shape. There are two roots in this shape. One on the B string and one on the A string.
AThe next chord is A. Its root is on both the A and G strings, so C and A have a root on the A string. That means that if you drag A up to C you have a new shape for C.
GNext up is G. This chord shape has the root on the G and E strings. The G string root lines up with the G string root in the A shape. That means we can drag the G chord shape up to fit with the A chord shape.
ETwo more left. The E shape has the root on the E strings and the D string. Since both the G shape and the E shape have the root on the E strings E is our connecting shape.
DLast is the D chord. D has a root on two strings, the D and B strings. Just like with the other chords. Since the E shape has a root on the D string, D fits nicely next.
Back AgainSince the D shape has one more root left over and the C shape had an un-paired root on the B string let's connect them to complete the circle!
ArpeggioFill in the chord tones and you can play the arpeggio up the entire neck.
ExerciseSearch CAGED Arpeggios to play the exercise on these chord shapes. All 12 keys are provided for FREE in the Rock Prodigy app. Here's a link to view a video of the exercise:
Part 2In part 2 I will show how the CAGED system applies to minor chords, the major and minor scales and the pentatonic and blues scales. By Mike Georgia rockprodigy.com