The C Major Scale – CAGED

CAGED System - Key of C

The CAGED 'System' is the way the guitar fretboard (in the Standard Tuning only!) can be divided into manageable chunks for beginners.

The main purpose is that you will be playing scales in five different positions, using four-finger position shapes you will learn here.

These four-finger positions reduce the need for stretching the fingers, but we will be using position shifting when necessary.

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Area 1

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The C chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED C Chord Shape FBK

Area 2

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The A chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED A Chord Shape FBK

Area 3

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The G chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED G Chord Shape FBK

Area 4

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The E chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED E Chord Shape FBK

Area 5

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The D chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED D Chord Shape FBK

Area 1a

Scale pattern:
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How to play:


The C chord shape is the basis for this scale fingering: 


CAGED C Chord Shape FBK

To be played as a bar chord at the 12th position.

Learn more about the C Major Scale