Sergeant Major Iain Scott kicks off a new series on the CAGED system. This issue he looks at moving Major chord shapes around the neck.
Iain Scott covers the much-discussed CAGED system (Major chords) in this month’s lesson.
Reasonably seasoned guitarists will no doubt have heard about the CAGED system. The standard tuning on the guitar (E-A-D-G-B-E low to high) provides five different fingering shapes for a Major chord at the nut: C-A-G-E and D. These are very important harmonic shapes on the guitar that contain scales, arpeggios, etc, and have been developed by teachers into a logical system of shapes called CAGED.
In this lesson we will be looking at these CAGED chords when they are used as ‘floating shapes’ up the neck. The open strings at the nut will be left to ‘ring open’. So in each example we will use the useful positions where the open strings support the chord. Ready to give it a go? Let’s investigate further. Experiment with all of the CAGED shapes for yourselves this month as next issue we will be looking at minor CAGED shapes. Have fun!
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