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The Truth About the CAGED System

Jun 16, 2024
Hello, my name is Paul Davids and in this video I will share with you the


about the measurement


, but first have a coffee. Well, the measurement


is often something that raises more questions than it explains things and even more often is a topic of debate, but it is an easy concept that there is absolutely no reason not to understand what it is about and it also helps a lot if you've been following the music theory series I've been doing, especially episode 1, it's really helpful, so let's get to the Caged system. It's not a new concept or a mysteriously new vision of the guitar, it's just a way of describing how the guitar works, it's just a way of labeling things that already exist.
the truth about the caged system
I often hear people criticize the Caged system for absolutely the wrong reasons, it's kind of like saying gravity is a hoot, so the gauge really helps you visualize how chords and scales are presented on the guitar. It's just a combination of how music works, how chords are constructed and how the guitar is tuned, and the real power of Caged is that you can tie it to chords two scales two arpeggios and combine them all people always try to label and categorize things that It is in our nature and the cage is a way of labeling the chords played on the neck in five different ways, see G and D, hence the word


which spell a super useful word, super modern, super easy to name, but in It's not really that important to give it a name because I was already using this system long before I knew it was called


, but yes, you can use these ways to play freely. the entire neck of the guitar, but why do you want that freedom?
the truth about the caged system

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It really unlocks the fretboard as they say and makes the guitar a more transparent instrument and each shape has its own benefits and places on the neck and opens up different things you can do with it and of course you can play all these many more chords ways than just a five, but to create a structure where these five are really useful, so here we go, the most important thing to understand is that you can move open chord shapes. to the neck and if you understand how to do it, it's very easy, so the first step you have to take is to discover the root note of the chord, so we start with the shape four, which is the fourth letter of gagged is an e c AG e so we're going to play an E chord, so this is an E shape and an E chord we'll use the shape to play different chords, so we're going to move this shape up the neck, so let's determine where the root note is of this chord and it's the 6th string, that note is an e, so if you want to move this chord up, we see that some strings don't move up, they are the open strings, but all the strings have to be moved up. up, so if we move this chord up, say three frets from here to here, we won't move the open strings, so we need to play the chord without our index finger so that our index finger can help us move the open strings up also. so let's move this one, let's say the first fret, the open strings become fret one, so our index finger needs to lock the first fret to accommodate the open strings, so that the open strings are on the E string, the high E, the B and the low E string, so I'm playing these strings with my index finger, but we want it to go to the 3rd fret, which is up to here, so now we're playing an E chord , but we can name the pitch we're playing based on the root note that was, as we just discovered, on the 6th string of the chord, so the note I'm playing is a G 3 fret on the low E string, so which is very important that you know the neck notes if you want to use them.
the truth about the caged system
You can learn this technique by watching my video, the most essential thing when learning music theory, so you can name the notes and I'm sure everyone is familiar with bar chords, maybe you can't play them, but you've seen them. I'm sure if you're playing barre chords, you're already using the Caged system, so you can move this chord wherever you want and just name the notes and then play that chord, so let's say we're going to worry about it. 10 now I'm playing a D chord because there's a note that's a fat D chord 7 B major and you can basically do that on every fret of the next one you like, but now do it with a different chord shape, let's start with the first one .
the truth about the caged system
C shape, so first we have to determine the place of the root note for the C shape, the root note is on the fifth string, which is the root note of the chord, so that determines which chord we are playing, so so if you move this shape up let's say a full step to the 5th fret again, we're missing the open strings, they're left behind, they didn't go up two frets, so we need to play this chord, but now without our index finger, so let's move this shape. to the 5th fret and our index finger blocks the first and third strings, the high E and the G string because those were the open strings of the C chord and now we are playing what in the days of Cordes, we need to find the root. notice again that it's still on the fifth string, so for this form it's always on the fifth string, so you don't have to think about it, it's the fifth fret, which is a D note, so you can think about it two ways or you can say we move the C chord up two semitones or a whole tone, so that C to D is one tone higher or you can just check which pitch we are playing on and that is always a reference to the root note, the D, so if you move up another three semitones to feel eight, for example, now we play an F chord, so I can imagine that this shape is a little difficult for you at first, but it's really one of my favorite ways to play Nowadays, it's very easy if you master it. and one thing I would like to do is change the shape a little to make it more playable.
I almost never play the first string this way, so just the middle four strings, so no need to block anything. it's just five for two and three it's a really convenient shape for your hand it's just that it almost flows with a curve of your hand so you just had to angle your hand a little bit and preferably hold your thumb on the neck so you should always have the freedom to change these shapes up a little bit, they are not fixed shapes, you can always modify them to your liking, so if the shape you uploaded is a little difficult to play, I just made some strings, that's no problem, so this is a chord shape that appears in the song, snow heigh-ho, for example, is snow heigh-ho heigh-ho, the second chord shape and then a fourth courtship, very nice, so that was a C shape, the next letter of the word Caged. it's an a, so we're taking a look at the a chord, open up the a chord, just play it without the index finger at the beginning, that's more useful, now we can move it up, let's say three frets, one, two, three, now our index finger needs to accommodate. for the open strings, which is the fifth string and the first string, and the root note of the a chord is on the fifth string again, the same as for the C shape, which is an a on the a chord, so now we move it up to the 3rd fret. our root note is still on the 5th string from number 3 and we know that note is a C, so now we play a C chord, so this is the same chord as that, but it sounds different because it has a different shape, well now for the G. shape this is a little different there are many ways to play an open G like this or this for example if we want to move this shape up I suggest you play the chord without your index finger at the beginning like this and now we have to determine the root note well, of course, the root note of the G chord is on the sixth string, which is the root note, so if we want to move this up, let's say an A chord from G to A is two steps, two semitones, so we need to move it up two frets root B dantana, so we need to move it up two frets, so from fret 3 to fret 5 now our index finger needs to accommodate so that the open strings are the G and D strings and this is very uncomfortable.
The shape can't really be undone, but I've never seen anyone play this chord like that. I never played it before in the song, so what can you do with this shape? You can do several things, but my favorite is to simply play the root note with your pinky. fret 5 and place your index finger on the D, G, B string, this is a really cool chord shape, it's just an acorn and move it up however you want, another thing you can do is play the top four lower strings so that So now we don't play the root note, but nine times out of ten it's not a problem, well, you can play the middle four strings, so the G shape is a good example of how it can help you visualize certain things that you don't touch You have to play the G shape like this, I still suggest you don't play it like this, but it can help you visualize where the chord notes are, for example, so that the chord to these are all notes of the chord it makes.
If you want to play well, you can choose any of those great ones. It's great to know if you want to do an interesting guitar part, for example, so the next shape is in Egypt that we already discussed and the last shape of those is a D, so the D. The shape is a little bit the same as 2 G because playing the one-to-one form is not that comfortable, so let's say you want to play an F chord, you need to move it up three semitones, so 1 2 3 we need to move the string open. up too so that the open D string becomes an F.
This is a really useless way, it's really awkward, but you can use the top three strings for example, it's a really cool way to make your chords a little different from what you would normally do. Wait, another interesting thing: let's play the C chord in these five different shapes and you'll see that they are all linked with common notes, so all the shapes I was playing had a note of the previous shape and the order of the shapes is C. The DEA measured, so we're basically playing the same chord five different ways. Let's take a look.
Let's look at the A shape, the G shape, the D shape, again the C shape and again the A shape again, the G shape, okay, so The C chord can be played anywhere on the fretboard you want and all the shapes have notes in common, so the C shape has the root note in common with the A shape and the A shape has those three notes in common, the bar five five notes. and five on the D strings G and B and then the common notes from G to e is the root note again now we have this now the octave of C which is the same note as the first of the form D now the The top three strings are the same as the C shape notes, so understanding that all these shapes are linked together, they just form one big chord, basically that's where you can start making your own shapes for example, so now let's make some music with them.
I have a C and F chord progression. I'm going to play it all the way up the neck, so you see, I was moving up, but I was only playing a C and F chord, just those chords, so I played the C like this and a half . like this and I moved up, look like this, then I played an FD D shape but I was doing a major 7th chord, which is a really cool chord if you want to play a 2D shape, so it's the 3rd fret and then the 5th , 5 and 5. you can play them on the 1st or 4th chord of the key a major 7, then I went up to the G shape of C and then to the f ck shape, so when I play these chords I'm definitely not thinking about a shape.
C shape a shape but I know it is an important shape of the court. I'm looking for the names are only for those who want to learn the shapes as a reminder. It's the same with spelling, for example, at first you have to learn the rules. To make it come out quickly and naturally, now in each shape we will see the A shape of F and now the D shape of C, but again a D major 7 shape, so we have a C major 7 chord because this court just isn't very fun to play, so I'm taking the liberty of turning it into a C major 7 chord and then the G shape and then going back to our C of C shape and each F shape to understand the last minute.
It was a bit quick if you are not comfortable using these shapes, but that's not a problem, so if you are absolutely new to this, you shouldn't learn all these shapes at once, it doesn't work, you should learn them one by one. one and really incorporate them into your playing, so maybe you already know that the E shape and the a shape now is a good point to start using the C shape as well, the key is to really find these shapes as something logical to play when you play a chord. progression and the next thing would be to add skills to the courts by linking the chord shape to a skill shape, for example if you play an F chord here, this court is very suitable for adding, say, a Maitre pentatonic to the scale, so we have I have this progression, look and make it just play the courts a little bit and I'm going to add the scale, so look, you can use these shapes to play some more melodic lines as well, so if you're doing a solo, for example, and you know the The chord progressions that you're playing over some of these shapes can really help you.Select the notes you want to play on that chord.
Overall, it is a very useful and useful tool to make you a better guitarist and help you understand the guitar. better and the more I talk about these things the more I realize that everything is connected, everything you know makes who you are as a musician, so just learning the Caged system without anything else is pretty useless and just learning music theory without no practical knowledge does not. Just learning a skill without knowing when to use it won't get you very far either, so it's all these things that you learn that make you a much better player and this was about the Caged system, so I hope you understand that. what it is and how you can use it and the most important step is to slowly assimilate it and use it in your playing.
You can't learn it in a day, it just has to grow. You have to use it in your playing. make yourself useful, so this was Paul's day, if so, and if you like what I do, consider signing up to my Patreon page and like this video, share this video, comment below and until next time have a wonderful day goodbye

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