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The CAGED System 3 on the Basics of Playing Guitar

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OK, so :) hopefully now you can see the E Shape quite easily it's time to move on to some more.

If we look a little further up the neck we can see the next group - this time I have made it in blue - but be sure that you can still see the shape in the diagram on the left.

Notice too that I have left one note as a red one - it's not a mistake - it is a note of the chord and does fit the CAGED system but it is easier to see the chord shapes if you ignore it for now.


Remember too that you only have to play one of each note to get the chord - any old F, A and C will do - you don't have to try and play them all - but more on that later in Triads :)

Notice that it is still only using the notes F A and C but they form a useful and common shape. Also notice that the 'root note' is on the thickest (4th) string.

Add the Barré

Now lets look at it more closely and I have put a barre over the first fret so you can clearly see the shape...

Imagine that the big black barre is the nut... ignore the red note... recognise it??


It's the good old open D chord :)

That is why this shape is often referrend to as an "D shape barre chord". You know it is still an F chord but the parent shape of the chord is from the common open D chord shape, hence it's name.

Position Sir?

This shape is also reffered to as Position 2.

Position 2 means that the root note is found on the 4th string and the majority of the notes are higher up the fingerboard.

So be sure to understand the "D shape" and "Position 2" mean the same things depending on who teaches them.

Remember too that every shape on the guitar that DOES NOT use open strings is moveable.

This one can be quite hard to play - quite a finger stretcher - but possible :) like this:

D Shape Barre


More about the red note

A quick note about the red note... maybe you have played the chord D/F#? otherwise known as a D chord with the 3rd in the bass - the reason it sounds so cool is that the chord tones are still the same but the bass note has changed to a note other than the root ;)

Well there are another 3 shapes to do - so lets crack onto the next lesson -CAGED - More Shapes (C).

Lesson ID: TB-033