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All About Chords, part 4

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Darrin Koltow


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More CAGED shapes

We want to start making music with this new chord shape, but we're not quite ready yet. We want to make enough movable forms to play our favorite, workhorse progression, the 16251. We have our I chord, the E major. Let's make a ii chord in the key of E major now, an F# minor, from a *moveable* form, using the CAGED system. Which open position chord will we use to build the moveable form? We're going to use an open position D minor.

First, let's start with the end we want: the F# minor:

--7----| Finger 4
--6----| Finger 2
--7----| Finger 3
-------| (Mute)
--5----| Finger 1

Now, how the heck does this come from an open position D minor form? Let's see. Make this shape in open position

--3----| Finger 4
--2----| Finger 2
--3----| Finger 3

This is an open position D minor chord. So, the movable shape we make from it, by adding the F note and taking away the open A...

--3----| Finger 4
--2----| Finger 2
--3----| Finger 3
--1----| called the D CAGED form.

Let's make our vi chord, which is a C# minor in the key of E major. We're actually going to do a C# minor 7. But, remember from last lesson that C# minor 7 is just another "flavor" of the C# minor chord. One can substitute for the other. Here's the full fingering for it:

|-5--| Finger 2
|-4--| Finger 1
|-6--| Finger 3
|-4--| Finger 1

You make this shape by making a bar with your first finger across the 4th fret. This is the minor version of the A CAGED form, because you create it by sliding up the open position A minor form.

Now we have the I chord (E major), the vi chord (C# minor), and the ii chord (F# minor). What's missing? Yup, the V7 chord, which is a B7 in the key of E major. Here it is:

|-4-| Finger 1
|-4-| Finger 1
|-7-| Finger 4
|-6-| Finger 3

Here, the first finger makes a kind of mini-bar across the B and G strings.

Which CAGED form is this? This is the dominant 7 version of the open position G form. To see this, make this shape:

|-0-| (no finger)
|-0-| (no finger)
|-3-| Finger 4
|-2-| Finger 3

It's not the fingering you usually use for the G7, but it *is* a G7. We just turned it into a movable shape by adding our first finger.

We now have four different movable shapes, which come from the C, A, G, and D open position forms.

We're going to use these movable shapes in our 16251 progression in E major. Here it is:


Here are the Power Tab and MIDI files for this:

Power Tab

In the next lesson, we'll bring in the E caged form to do a 16451 progression, and we'll explore other chord stuff around the 5th fret.

Page 3, Breaking out of open position - Intro to CAGED

Page 1, A Bit o' Review - The Blues Injection

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