F/Dm Chord tones—the notes that make up a given chord—are an essential aspect of improvisation because they provide “target points” on which to begin and/or end your improvised lines. Contact Paul for guitar lessons, questions, comments, complaints, or ideas! I spend much less time in the A and D shapes overall, although each has a few very useful clusters of notes…which brings me to my next thought: Note Clusters: You might find some of these fingerings (especially the triad arpeggios) to be rather inconvenient to play in their full 6-string forms. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once jammed with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. C Shape is the third shape in our CAGES System module, and it's a very useful shape to learn! This may, in fact, be the simplest way to apply CAGED to minor keys. Download over 150 pages of ʻukulele scale reference diagrams and charts in PDF. Now you have spent time playing with the Pentatonic scale in one position, it is time to extend this idea with the Aeolian mode. I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawaiʻi, where I run this site from an off-grid cabin in the jungle. Most guitarists who have done any improvising at all have encountered them. Not every guitarist thinks in terms of CAGED, but my opinion is that it’s extremely effective, and extremely easy to learn. But mainly, they are really just intended to be visual aids—they just help you visualize where the notes sit on the fretboard. Copyright 2010-2020 High Country Guitar. Wherever a CAGED shape sits, the corresponding pentatonic scale will offer you a few additional note choices that are safe and will sound good in most circumstances. This lesson explains where the CAGED system came from. This free bundle of files includes 14 scale types and a guide on implementing them. Truthfully, the basic concept of CAGED can be learned in, literally, just a few minutes. If you add just a couple of notes (specifically, the 2nd and the 6th) to the triad arpeggio, you end up with a pentatonic scale. I often say that CAGED is like a map of the U.S. Interstate highway system. Now we’ll “zoom in” and delve into a little more detail. A couple of them should be pretty familiar to you (the Em and Am shapes), but others are likely to be less familiar. F#/D#m (Gb/Ebm) Again, these are known as chord tones, and provide target points for your improvised lines. Aug 24, 2018 - Explore ray's board "CAGED chord method" on Pinterest. CAGED is a simple little system for broadly mapping out the fretboard as it relates to any chord. UkeBuddy is a great tool for finding other scales. For me personally, when improvising, I find myself using the C and G shapes quite a bit, and the E shape too, especially in blues/rock stuff. Over time, you can expand that bag of tricks. Since the fretboard of an ʻukulele is a crazy matrix, it’s very useful to have scale charts available for reference as you study. At The Intermediate Stage I recommend understanding it more than playing it, most times using the E & A Shape Barre chords is enough, but explorers will sure enjoy the other 3 Shapes. :). Your donations are the ONLY income source for the design, content, and hosting of this website. Master the CAGED System for Guitar. The Am and Em shapes are probably familiar to you already as common barre chords. Subscribe to my mailing list and you’ll be sent a download link. The A Shape of the CAGED System is a very common barre chord form, second only to E Shape. These 3-string clusters can be easier to visualize on the fretboard, and easier to access “on the fly.”. D/Bm The CAGED System with the Aeolian Mode. Once you download and extract the .zip file (just double click on most computers), you’ll have 15 PDF files: Each page looks like this and contains two different chart variations: notes and scale degrees. Relative major/minor. You'll be able to play all over the fretboard and see better the relationships between chords, scales and arpeggios. The G Shape chord is not commonly played but is the final part of the puzzle and makes sense in so many ways beyond the chord shape (for scales and arpeggios! This isn’t to say that you ALWAYS have to target chord tones in your lines, but it will just about always sound good if you do. And they don’t conveniently spell out a word as simple as CAGED, so it’s a little harder to remember. See more ideas about Guitar chords, Music guitar, Playing guitar. The Dm shape probably looks familiar to you too, although you may not have actually used it before. A detailed and expansive guide to the notes on the fretboard, this collection contains a whole book’s worth of charts and instruction – for free.