We now move onto our C shape CAGED chord. This is Dan's favourite of the 5 CAGED shapes, and can be easily found on the A string. As with all our chords, we’ll start by learning it all in C major, before changing keys later down the line. Let’s get started!
First up, let’s learn the chord shape and arpeggio. We have drawn out the basic shapes below, as well as alternate ways for you to play this, to ensure that no matter you preference, you can play this chord. Your first task is to learn these shapes.
Now we’ll continue to layer up this shape by adding the full major scale box 4 and the major pentatonic box 4. These scale shapes will ALWAYS work over the top of this CAGED chord position, so lets get them memorised now.
By now you should know the backing track pretty darn well! So, we’ll jump straight in.
all 7 keys in shapes...
For your reference, below we have drawn out every single chord shape, scale and arpeggio in each of the keys, following along with the backing track. Your job is to play through all of these as the backing track changes, trying to move with those changes. Enjoy!
For this lesson we take all of the chord and scale shapes from the previous lesson and try to use them melodically. This is the real underlying truth behind the CAGED system, being able to use it as your base for soloing! Use the chord shapes to put you in position, and then start trying to play into the shapes. Here are a few tips for you: