OK lest get started. let’s start with the basics of CAGED, being that this system can be used to learn your way around the fretboard for major scales (and if you know the composition of major and minor, you will also find the minor) and chords. In this article we are going to concentrate on chords, open chords for now, which means chords that are played with strings that are not pressed by any fiddle with.

The name CAGED comes from the five chord names that we are going to learn which are, the C chord, A chord, G chord, the E chord and the D chord. Don’t worry about the order, but it has a reason that i will tell you later way it has that order.

So lest start…



* the number on top, or sometimes on the dots are the fiddle with that you need to use, being your index (1) middle (2)

ring (3) and pinky (4).

*some of diagrams have numbers on the side well i don’t reckon the are that necessary since all of them are on top of the guitar.

here are some songs you can play using these five chords

Lost by Coldplay

Intro: Em C G D (2x)

Em     C G

Just because I’m losing

- D Em C G

Doesn’t mean I’m lost

- D Em C G

Doesn’t mean I’ll stop

- D              Em C G D

Doesn’t mean I will cross

Em C        G

Just because I’m hurting

-   D Em  C  G

Doesn’t mean I’m hurt

- D Em C       G

Doesn’t mean I didn’t get what I deserved

-     D                    Em    C   G   D

No better and no worse

- D

I just got lost

- C G   D

Every river that I’ve tried to cross

- C      G     D

And every door I ever tried was locked

- C            G                                      D

Ooh-Oh, And I’m just waiting till the shine wears off

Em C G

You force be a huge fish

- D Em C G

In a small pond

- D     Em

Doesn’t mean you’ve won

- C                G

‘Produce by the side of may come

-    D        Em C G

A larger one

- D

And you’ll be lost

- C G   D

Every river that you tried to cross

- C G D

Every gun you ever held went off

- C          G                             D

Ooh-Oh, And I’m just waiting till the firing starts

- C G D

Ooh-Oh, And I’m just waiting till the shine wears off

this chord is like playing the E chord but with out the 1 fiddle with (index),it’s really simpler.

Written by DanielS.

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