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The CAGED System

The CAGED System

What is the caged system ?

The caged system is a simple method for learning and visualizing the scales and the chord tones that they are made of.

This system is based on the 5 open chord shapes C, A, G, E and D.

You can read an article about the basic major and minor  guitar chords shapes here.

Learn and master the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths)

Learn and master the circle of fifths (or circle of


circle of fifths

You have probably seen the diagram above and wondered what it has to do with music or guitar playing.

Actually that diagram has a lot to do with music and understanding the way scales are made and the amount of flats and sharps each scale has.

This circle  is also an indispensable tool for analyzing chord progressions and seeing what notes is each chord made of.

Guitar Intervals

Guitar Intervals

What are the guitar intervals ?

The working structure of music begins with guitar intervals. They are the building blocks of all the larger musical structures. Every musical structure may be defined by its intervals.

A guitar interval represents the distance between 2 pitches. Guitar intervals define every possible relationship between pitches.

Let’s consider a few guitar intervals for example:

Guitar Modes – The Guitar Modes of the Major Scale

What are the Guitar Modes ?

The entire major scale contains 7 smaller scales, known as the GUITAR MODES. Each mode starts on a different degree, 1 through 7. This means we have 7 guitar modes.

If you don’t know what degrees are, read this article about degrees, notes and intervals and how to view a scale from 3 points of view.

Each mode has a specific name, such as Ionian or Aeolian. Each mode is also a specific type of scale, such as major or minor.

Guitar Chords

Guitar Chords

Learning to play guitar chords is a very important aspect of guitar playing, because they are the “root” of songs and are the “center” of the building of a melody. Chords form the backbone of most rock and pop songs and also provide the harmonic accompaniment to the melody and instrumental solos.

What are guitar chords?

A chord is a set of 2 or more notes played at the same time.

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