As I promised you in the CAGED System article now I am going to show you the caged system minor shapes and how to have fun playing with it.
You may also read the Benefits of the CAGED System in order to better comprehend what you will be reading in this article.
So without further ado, here are the minor shapes of the CAGED System
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The minor Shapes of the CAGED System
As you can see these shapes are basically the same as their major shape corespondents but with their 3rd moved down a fret.
There are however a couple of modifications:
1. You can’t move the B- string note from the G major shape down a fret because you don’t have sufficient fingers, so instead you simply avoid that string altogether and you play a simplified versions.
2. When it comes to the caged system the G shape is difficult too play in both minor and major shapes
3. The Am shape is the same as the E Major shape only that is played 1 string up
4. The G and C major shapes were played on 6 and 5 strings, while their minor corespondents are played on only 4 strings. (don’t worry this is a good thing, it means less pain 🙂 ) ).
So What to Do now ?
Now i invite you to mess around with the minor shapes and do the same exercise that i showed you in the “Benefits of the CAGED System“:
– Start with the C minor shape and go up the fretboard until you reach the D shape
– Every 2 shapes have a common root note
– Remember that the CAGED system is not called like that for nothing
– If you start with a C, the next shape will be an A
– If you start with an A, the next shape will be a G
– If you start with a G, the next shape will be an E
– If you start with an E, the next shape will be a D
With that being said good luck with your minor shapes practice.
How to practice the CAGED System major shapes ?
The easiest way to start getting a feel of this stuff is to simply:
– Take a chord progression. ( In our example we will take steps I, IV and V of the C major scale, this means chords C, F and G)
– Start from the open position and go up the fretboard 🙂 .
Here are the tabs for this progression.
PS: I am going to let you discover and mess around with the minor shapes. I am just showing you the major shapes so you can understand how this thin goes.
So to better understand the above exercise keep in mind the CAGED Analogy:
– the C shape is followed by an A shape
– the A shape is followed by a G shape
– the G shape is followed by an E shape
– the E shape is followed by a D shape
This means that if we play the C, F and G chords:
1. In the FIRST position you will play the C shape, the E shape (the F chord is just one position up) and of course the G shape
2. In the SECOND position you just follow the CAGED Analogy
– The C shape becomes an A shape
– The E shape becomes a D shape
– The G shape becomes an E shape
By watching the tab above just notice how shapes change but sound remains the same because the chords are made out of the same notes !!!.
In the 3rd, 4th and 5th position you just go on with the analogy and play the rest of the shapes.
Don’t be discouraged if you can’t play them cleanly with time and patience everything can be achieved.
I recommend that you use this as an warm up exercise for the next week or two and just see what happens :).
Please don’t forget to leave me a comment about the results you had with the exercise.
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Good luck with your caged system practice !!