Guitar uses five basic major chord shapes. In the open position, they are C, A, G, E, and D. What does that spell? CAGED. The cool thing about these chords is that you can play each one as a barre chord and move it around the neck, and you can break these barre chords into smaller chord shapes. Also, each chord is taken from a larger arpeggio pattern that you can use to form additional voicings, as you soon see.
In the guitar world, you can apply the CAGED system in a few different ways. This course deals with using it to form and finger chords. You literally play every possible major and minor chord. More than that, you get to know the simple concept used to form these chords so that you don’t have to memorize a bunch of chord diagrams. You change the ordering and spacing of the pitches by using inversions and voicings. You get away from standard chord shapes and play new chord forms that offer more variety and versatility.
Watch the free video preview above, then scroll down to being with Lesson 01: Play the C Form.