C A G E D System Explained (May 2010)

The C A G E D system is mainly used to play the same chord along the fretboard using shapes of the open chords.
You could consider each of the shapes to be inversions of the C chord as you move up the neck.

It also assists with locating the positions for the major scale (in this case the C major scale).

To play the inversions across all 6 strings, you would need to be able play barre chords, although you can play 3 strings (notes) at a minimum.

Firstly you would play an open C chord.

Then an A shaped C chord at the 3rd fret.

Then a G shaped C chord at the 5th fret.

Then a E shaped C chord at the 8th fret.

Then a D shaped C chord at the 12th fret.

You can start an A chord in the open postion.

Maintain the C A G E D pattern. Now it will be
A G E D C.

Then play a G shaped A chord at the 2nd fret.

Then play an E shaped A chord at the 5th fret.

Then play a D shaped A chord at the 9th fret.

Then play a C shaped A chord at the 12th fret.

Continue with E and D.

31 May 2010