Understanding the Caged System
Mastering the guitar fretboard takes practice and dedication, but using the CAGED system can help.
This ingenious approach utilizes familiar chord shapes to reveal patterns and relationships on your instrument, so you don’t feel lost in a grid of notes.
This concept will enable you to envision interconnected shapes that make navigating the neck easier!
Let’s explore how the chords used in CAGED come together for an effortlessly intuitive playing experience.
The Five Open Chord Shapes
C Major Chord
A Major chord
G Major Chord
E Major Chord
D Major chord
Two key points:
These open chords are moveable chord shapes and can be barred anywhere on the guitar neck.
Learn and familiarize yourself with root note locations.
The word “CAGED” tells us the order of the chord shapes. For example:
If we play a C chord in an open position, our next chord shape will be an A-shaped barre chord.
C shape chord to A shape Chord
A shape chord to G Shape Chord
G Shape Chord to E Shape Chord
E Shape Chord to D Shape Chord
Why is CAGED Important?
One of the key benefits of the CAGED system is that it gives guitarists a logical way to see how a chord shape connects to different scales.
For example, if a guitarist knows how to play a C major chord in the C cage, they can quickly move that chord to other parts of the fretboard by using the other cages in the CAGED system. This makes it much easier to play in different keys and improvise.
Another benefit of the CAGED system is that it helps guitarists understand the relationships between chords and scales.
For example, if a guitarist knows how to play a C major scale in the C cage, they can quickly see how that scale relates to other scales in different keys by using the other cages in the CAGED system.
This helps guitarists understand how different scales fit together and how they can be used to create melodies and solos.
Is CAGED Worth Learning?
The CAGED system organizes the guitar fretboard and understands how chords and scales are constructed. I
t is called the CAGED system because it uses five chords – C, A, G, E, and D – to illustrate how the fretboard is organized and how these chords can be moved up and down the neck to play in different keys.
The CAGED system is based on the idea that the fretboard can be divided into five distinct patterns. Each is associated with one of the five chords in the system. These patterns are called “cages” because they are like frameworks containing the chords’ notes.
By understanding these patterns and how they relate to one another, guitarists can easily move between different keys and play various chords and scales.
The CAGED system is a very useful tool for guitarists because it allows them to visualize the entire fretboard as a series of interconnected patterns rather than a collection of unrelated notes.
This makes it much easier to understand how chords and scales are constructed and how they relate to one another.
Caged System Arpeggios
Arpeggios can help unlock a new world of melodic possibilities when playing the guitar. Instead of using all notes in a scale, arpeggios use just those from associated chords – known as chord tones.
The CAGED system allows musicians to play these same chord tones across different areas on the neck by taking an open C major chord and shifting it up four frets, for example.
This means you don’t have to limit yourself only to their original form but also include additional notes outside its shape within the same area making your music even more creative!
Overall, the CAGED system is helpful for guitarists of all levels. It helps them understand how the fretboard, chords, and scales are constructed.
Also, it makes it much easier to play in different keys and improvise.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, the CAGED system is an essential tool for understanding and playing the guitar.
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