EXAMPLE1 THE CAGED CHORDS: MAJOR SHAPES
Ex1a shows the five common CAGED chord shapes found down at the first few frets. CAGED is a word created by linking together the names of the five major chords; C Major, A Major, G Major, E Major and D Major. While this word is a quick route into referencing these five shapes, you could appreciate the shapes by seeing two with the root bass note on the sixth string (E and G), two with the root on the fifth string (A and C) and one with the root bass note on the fourth string (D). You will notice these shapes feature both fretted notes and open strings; part of the reason why they are important parent chords that numerous additions and variations can then be made from. Ex 1b shows the power of these five shapes to play five C Major chords in different places on the fretboard. The first C uses the C shape (S3), the second C uses the A shape (S4), the third C uses the G shape (S5), the fourth C uses the E shape (S1) and the final C uses the D shape (S2).