What do you think of the CAGED chords?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by ASATKat, Dec 5, 2018.

What do you think of the CAGED chords?

This poll will close on Oct 1, 2019 at 5:47 PM.
  1. Yes I use them?

    55 vote(s)
  2. No I do not use them?

    10 vote(s)
  3. What are you talking about?

    24 vote(s)
  1. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    I'd like to get a sense of the interest people have in the CAGED chords.

    Do you use them?
    Do you not use them?
    What are you talking about?

    Please vote,
  2. BB

    BB Poster Extraordinaire

    May 17, 2003
    Great Pacific NW
    As a dummy who never learned to read music or anything about theory...... or even if I'm using the caged correctly, when the light bulb went on (ever so dim) in my pea brain, it was a revelation. Helped me discover new chord voicings and helped me play more melodically.
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  3. logans_tele

    logans_tele TDPRI Member

    Oct 12, 2015
    Tulsa, OK
    You mean the interconnected major scale patterns? Or just literally playing C A G E and D chords? Two different, albeit related things.
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  4. MuddyDitch

    MuddyDitch Tele-Holic

    Jun 1, 2014
    Tulpehocken Delta
    They weren't called CAGED when I learned them, just movable chord forms. I like to run through the triads, minor triads, triad embellishments, harmonized scales with improvisation in the appropriate mode. They are great for learning the fret board and chord construction and extensions. It's a fun and focused way to generate new ideas when noodling. I find it helps develop my ear too.
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  5. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    Plus, I bet it opened up the whole neck with familiar shapes right away?
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  6. warrent

    warrent Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2009
    they exist so why not use them.
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  7. elpico

    elpico Tele-Holic

    Sep 14, 2011
    Vancouver BC
    I don't think "caged chords" is even a thing? Music theory dictates what notes are in chords and to play those notes on a guitar fretboard you have to place your fingers in certain familiar shapes. People played chords long before a book called caged came out. Do you mean do we play any chords beyond the cowboy chord first position?
  8. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    For me, I see them there if I think about it, but I don't really, it is a great thing to learn, but it's a "learn it and forget it" type of thing. At best, it's a background thing imo.
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  9. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    Seriously, you can't tell?
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  10. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    What if I said the fives shapes of the CAGED chord system is really only two shapes? It's true.
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  11. ASATKat

    ASATKat Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2018
    next to the burn zone
    What if I said the CAGED chords are really only three shapes? It's true.

    If you know these five shapes, three shapes, and the two shaped versions, the doors really get blown open, and connects you to thinking chord "theory" in a most painless way.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2018
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  12. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 24, 2016
    Boulder, WY
    I thought I'd figured it out myself over a couple decades (so smart). Then I found out everyone knew.
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  13. GuitarGeorge

    GuitarGeorge Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2003
    Long Island, NY
    I learned about the CAGED system from a Joe Pass video.

    I figured if it was good enough for him, it would be good enough for a hack like me.
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  14. Tornado

    Tornado TDPRI Member

    Mar 13, 2016
    The Caged system is a good system to master the fingerboard.
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  15. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

    May 5, 2015
    It probably also gave you the courage to wander up the neck when you were playing. That's what it did for me. The fretboard makes a lot more sense to me today than it did before I learned (most of) the CAGED thing.
  16. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    I voted yes but since I finally learned all of the major scale patterns, I don't think about it in terms of CAGED so much.

    The major scale patterns tied together the CAGED stuff.

    I'm very interested to follow this discussion - I'm here to learn:)
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  17. 41144

    41144 Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2017
    Absolutely essential ....
    1) Learn all your Major root/3rd/5th CAGED positions
    2) Learn all your CAGED Major and minor pentatonics
    3) Learn all the other modes .. !

    But, don't forget to have fun and just learn how to play tunes too. .... After all ...all scales practice and no fun makes John a dull boy ( or girl) ;)
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  18. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    I prefer cagey chords...
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  19. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Play CAGED chords, wind up in cage match.

  20. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 28, 2006
    NELA, Ca
    I learned all those voicings/positions and how they interacted before it was called CAGED, or at least before I'd heard of it (probably sometime in the mid 80s). In standard tuning, CAGED just exits on the guitar fretboard. You can choose to use it or see it if you want to.

    Before CAGED was labeled as such, most guitarists just sort of figured out their own system based on the same thing or something theoretically similar. For me it was realizing that Am7, D9 and C had a lot of notes and fingerings in common if you're playing around at the 5th fret. And then F and Dm7, again at the 5th fret. After that it didn't take much to extrapolate the rest.
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