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The Caged System for guitar helps guitarists build chords and scales. This is a my new interpretation of the Caged System for guitar which makes it easier to learn by simplifying it and removing confusing terms. My system is not radically different to how it is traditionally taught to students it just removes the confusion and clutter. Complete with brand new graphic interpretations and the teaching of only 5 basic patterns to learn my version of  the Caged System will help students to have a better understanding of this useful system in a shorter time. My method helps learn you quicker and cuts out the unnecessary waste.

So let’s down to it there is initially a lot to read and get familiar with. I have broken it down into short manageable sections to take at your own pace. When you are familiar with one then move on to the next bit.

Finding the Chords in the Patterns

So far I have given you the scale shape patterns for both the Minor and the Major. Now we are going to look more closely at what these notes in the respective scales actually are. Basically I am going to throw some theory at you.

Once we have done this I can discuss what are probably the most important scales to know. So far we have only looked at Pentatonic Shapes: this means that these are are shortened version of scales. These Scales contain only 5 notes hence Penta. Full scales usually contain 8 notes so a C major scale would have 8 notes beginning on C (Root) and ending on C an Octave higher = 8 notes. Pentatonic Scales are easier to remember because they only contain 5 notes. However it is possible to use the Pentatonic Scales either Minor or Major to develop a full scale of 8 notes or more by adding some of the missing notes depending upon which scale you want.

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C-A-G-E-D Part Vi

Here are all the 5 Shapes presented as minor Shapes

Here are all the 5 shapes presented as Minor Shape Patterns. As I mentioned earlier this is the easiest way to remember the shapes and the position of the Root Notes. This is important because it allows us to then use our system to find the position for the Major Shape Pattern. Simply go back 3 frets from any of the Root Notes in the Patterns and you will find the VI note. When you have found the VI note simply re-position the same pattern to start from the VI note. Obviously the Root of the major scale shape (Key Note) will be the note you play in the pattern after the VI Note. If unsure go back to part V to familiarize yourself with this concept.

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CAGED System Part 4

Hello again and welcome to Part IV of my article on the CAGED System. In this part we are going to explore what can make a Shape pattern Major or Minor. First though a bit of music theory.

In every Major Scale there is a relative minor chord. The minor chord can be found by building a chord starting on the VI degree ( 6th note ) of the major scale.  Lets take C Major Scale because it has no sharps or flats and is the easiest scale to look at. The Stating note of the Major Scale is obviously a C note. From now on we will refer to the starting note as the ROOT NOTE. This is the root note of the scale – the starting note.

The Scale of C Major is as follows

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The CAGED System Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of the CAGED System explanation. Here is the point where I give you the remaining fingering patterns for the 4 remaining elements of the C-A-G-E-D Grid. So far we have only seen the one pattern for the G letter. Now I give you the C, the A, the E and the D.

However before I do this I want to take you back to the G Shape Pattern. As we have seen this pattern can be either Major scale or minor scale depending on where you play it. If you start the pattern at Fret 3 String 6 ( low String) you will be playing a Minor scale. If you shift it back 3 frets ( this is an open position so starts at Fret 0 of String 6 and follow the pattern you are playing notes from a Major Scale. You would see this if you play either a G maj Chord against the notes you are playing and you will hear some differences in the mood they make against the chord. At position fret 3 it will sound moody maybe like Blues music, at fret 0 it will sound happier and brighter with a traditional feel.

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The CAGED system for guitar

Welcome to my approach to learning the CAGED Guitar System for guitar. There are many sources of information regarding the CAGED System for guitar. Many of these have value and in reality the System itself is really nothing new. My approach to the CAGED System for guitar builds on these resources but refines it and makes the whole system easier to understand. Anything that is less complicated and easier to learn must be good-Right! Many tutors that I have seen have seen approach the CAGED Guitar System for guitar by relating the System to the various Chord Shapes associated with it and this is the traditional approach.  What I mean here is that the patterns are named after the chords that the notes in the pattern are associated with. Don’t worry if you cannot understand anything I am talking about yet it will become clearer as we go on.

Doing this they  tend to  go on to confuse the student by having 2 names for what is essentially the same shape pattern by having one name for the minor and another different name for the major shape , both of which are totally different. So for instance they will have 2 totally different Patterns/Shapes for the E Form Pattern depending on whether it is  Major or Minor. Personally find this confusing and it distracts from the usefulness of the CAGED System for Guitar.

 With my System you only have to learn one Shape associated with the E Form and also for each other respective letter of C-A-G-E-D. This has to be easier to associate only one shape with each one of these 5 letters. In my method for the caged system for guitar you only have 5 shapes/patterns in total and it is where you place these shapes that determines whether or not they are Major or Minor Scale patterns. However if you already know the CAGED SYSTEM FOR GUITAR and are happy with it then possibly this new approach is not for you. However if you are currently struggling with some aspects of it’s teaching or are completely new to it and want to learn a new streamlined approach to the CAGED SYSTEM FOR GUITAR then read on and you might actually like my methods.

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