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How CAGED opens up your fretboard - Dr. Molly Miller | Pickup Music

Jun 19, 2024
You're about to try a free lesson from my CAGED learning path with Pickup Music! Let's start by giving you an overview of what the CAGED system actually is and the steps you will need to learn it. The CAGED system is based on five guitar chord shapes C A G E and D. We take these five chord shapes and move them up the neck. So for example, I'm in the key of C, I play my C shape to get a C chord, then I play my A shape to get another C chord, then I play my G shape to get another C chord, then I play my E shape to get another C chord and then of course finally I play my D shape to get a final C chord and we can do this in any key.
how caged opens up your fretboard   dr molly miller pickup music
Instead of getting lost in a notion of notes, this system gives you a map that divides the

fretboard

into these five shapes and the cool thing is that each shape connects to the next and it's this continuous cycle. Then we build these shapes into full scales, find the center tones, find the pentatonic scale, then the major scale and the arpeggios. We can do the same for each shape and connect them across the

fretboard

. This allows you to break out of those beginner boxes and start expressing

your

self in a more melodic way across the fretboard. A good way to start

your

CAGED journey is to think about this: How many ways can you play a C chord on your fretboard?
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You should already know this open C 5th string root bar chord and the C 6th string root bar chord. Guess what you already know, three of the 5 CAGED shapes, your C, A and E shape. You'll notice that each in these ways it has a name and these names come from your initial open chords. So the C shape is based on the C chord. You already know this bar chord here. Why is it called A shape? Look at it here, it's a C chord when you move it down, it's based on this open A chord that you already know, it's the same shape here we are like an A chord, move it up now to the C chord based on your shape A, E.
how caged opens up your fretboard   dr molly miller pickup music
The shape is based on this open E chord and when moved up it can take any shape, but in this case it is a C chord because of that route. Now, one thing to note, you'll notice that I'm moving around and using my index finger as But it's like your first finger becomes a capo. Let's get into the two remaining shapes, G and D. You can guess that your G shape is based on this open G chord. Same as before, so now when I bring it up, I can use my index finger as a kind of imaginary capo or nut and I'll move it all the way up.
how caged opens up your fretboard   dr molly miller pickup music
So my six-string root is no longer G but now C. Now side note: I wouldn't play this chord in real life, so don't feel like you have to play it. It's all about visualizing it, so notice that this is a C G chord shape, now the same concept for your D chord. Take this D shape that you know and love and we'll move it up and act like our index finger becomes like the capo or the nut. Move it up to where our C is a root, this is a C D chord shape. So let's summarize what we have: we start with the C shape.
Notice how this path connects to the next chord here and now we go to this shape of La, share that root. Now look at the front of my A shape and how it connects to the back of my G shape. They have this area right here that will be called the equator, where the A shape and the G shape connect. So look at this with the G shape. G, this front six-string root connects to the next shape, our E shape, the same root. Now the front of the E shape connects to the back of the D shape.
We have this fourth chord root right here that connects to our D shape. So all five shapes connect to each other and it's a beautiful circle where this D shape. Notice that a small triangle connects to the top C shape. That same triangle is at the bottom of our C shape. There we have our five CAGED system shapes. So let's take a step back. The CAGED system isn't about playing these shapes I've been showing you perfectly up and down the neck of your guitar, it's about how to view the fretboard, it's about unlocking the neck so you can move seamlessly from one end to the other. in any tone. .
You can use the CAGED system to learn scales, learn arpeggios, learn triads, and most importantly, it's really a system for visualizing your fretboard. In this exercise we are going to play all five shapes of the CAGED C A G system but we will split it into two parts, just the lower and upper E shape and just the triangle of the D shape. We are doing this because it will really help us establish that foundation so that you can visualize the shapes. Once again this visualization is so important! So this doesn't have to be perfect, don't stress about making sure every note is perfect, the important thing is that you can visualize it.
You can see it. You have a feeling of it. So do the best you can. Starting with our C shape 1, 2, 3, 4 Get ready for that A shape 4 G shape divided into two parts E shape and D shape 2, 3, 4 Everything from the top, okay. Back to Form C 1, 2, 3, 4 Form G Form E Excellent work! So what we will do in the next exercise is touch our roots in each form. We'll start with our C shape and play our root on the fifth string, our root on the second string. Jump to our A form right here and play our root on the fifth string and play that root on the third string in our G form.
We have three roots, sixth string, third string. Notice the same third string from our A form. I still want you to pay attention to how those chords connect and then to that root on the first string. In our E shape we have three roots as well: sixth string, fourth string, and first string. In the last form or D-form we have two roots. 4th string That string goes down into the air and if we are in our open position. So we have our fourth string and then the root of our second string. Let's get ready to get into that C shape and identify these roots.
Ready for form A. Here we go. Form G Here we go 3, 4 Form E 3, 4 Form D 2, 3, 4 Back to top 2, 3, 4 Change 2, 3 Form G 3, 4 Change 2, 3, 4 If you want the full experience including interactive tab, performance exercises and video commentary of your performance, register at PICKUPMUSIC.COM today. You can try the full program free for 14 days!

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