CAGED Resources

Free Online Resources for Fretboard Theory Chapter 3: CAGED System Chords

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CAGED Video Section Times

C Form (5:37)

With each CAGED form, you are provided with a list of songs that feature chord shapes based in the form. Learn to play some of these song parts in order to become familiar with how the CAGED system is used in music. Click on the hyperlinked song titles you see on this page for free tabs and song lessons. When free tab is not available, you can click on the sheet music links to purchase official tab or search for free tab at songsterr.com.

The following songs all make use of the “C form”:

The style of Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones is built almost entirely around the use of a C form barre chord. Although he detunes his 1st and 5th strings and often omits the 6th string completely by not even putting it on, the rest of his strings, 2 through 4, remain the same as standard tuning. These are the strings Richards used to play a partial C form barre chord on so many of his signature songs like “Brown Sugar,” “Start Me Up,” and “Honky Tonk Women,” just to name a few.

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A Form (27:00)

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G Form (39:04)

The open G5 power chord is used in “Back in Black” and “Hells Bells” by AC/DC.

Variations of open position G/B chords are used in many acoustic guitar songs, such as “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, “Blackbird” by The Beatles, and “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton.

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E Form (54:07)

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D Form (1:06:34)

D5 form:

Triangular D Shape:

Most uses of the D form occur in the open position as a D/F# including:

  • “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin | Sheet Music
  • “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd | Sheet Music
  • Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots
  • “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd | Sheet Music

E/G# in “D form”:

F#/A# in “D form”:

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Chord Changes G-C (01:48:22)
Chord Changes G-C-G-D (02:11:48)

Use the backing tracks below to practice chord changes using various CAGED forms in different positions.

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