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Intro to Caged System for Guitar

Intro to Caged System for Guitar

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Learn the C major scale in 5 positions on the fretboard. These are moveable shapes so that you can play in any key with ease by shifting the shapes. You can take the full course at http://onlineguitarcoaching.com
Learn the C major scale in 5 positions on the fretboard. These are moveable shapes so that you can play in any key with ease by shifting the shapes. You can take the full course at http://onlineguitarcoaching.com

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com C Major Scale Shapes in 5 Positions (from Root to Root) If I were to sum up my philosophy of teaching it would be: Keep it simple and understand what you are doing. While I teach a simple 5 movable shape system that helps you visualize the fretboard and minimize the number of scales and modes you need to learn, this is not about mindlessly playing a bunch of shapes. Ok let’s get started by locating the notes C (called the roots or first note of a scale). There is one on the 5th string, 3rd fret (play with 2nd/middle finger) and one on the 3rd string, 5th fret (play with pinky). Notice they form a shape on the fretboard. Two strings away, two frets away, middle finger on 5th string, pinky on 3rd string (this will be important later on).

Now we can add the notes of the C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). See how they fit around the C notes? This scale forms a shape on the neck because of the intervals between each note in the scale (eg. D is a whole step above C which equals 2 frets).

Let’s move up the fretboard a bit. First we locate the root notes (shown in red below). The low C is on the 6th string, 8th fret (play with pinky) and the higher C is on the 3rd string, 5th fret (play with 1st/index finger). Then we add the notes of the C major scale as before. When you play the scale you need to shift from 5th position to 4th position on the 3rd string (to play the B and C). The method I teach requires no finger stretches. We can play another C major scale an octave higher in this same position (let’s leave that for another lesson)

Let’s move up the fretboard again. We find the roots and add the major scale notes. Note that these forms shapes on the fretboard and can therefore be moved up or down the fretboard to form other major scales (where the true power starts to reveal itself).

By visualizing shapes, we can reduce the number of scales we have to memorize. Let’s move up again to the 9th fret. This requires a position shift on the 2nd string (for notes A, B, and C).

Finally let’s move to the 12th fret. Roots are in red as usual.

We can now add notes above and below the roots staying in one position to give us more to work with. Note that this also forms a larger shape – known as the 5 CAGED shapes. Here is the last shape expanded to include all reachable notes in the 12th position.

Do you see the pattern of notes on the each string and how they relate to a unique position of root notes? This can be moved up or down the fretboard to play in other keys. This is really powerful. To learn more about the CAGED system, related music theory and how to use these shapes in your solos, you can check out our Fretboard Mastery Course and other courses– http://OnlineGuitarCoaching.com Become a Facebook fan at http://bit.ly/OnlineGuitarCoaching Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/willkriski Will Kriski

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