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CAGED SCALE (5 SHAPES)

Introduction: The 5 forms of the Caged scale in the key of G major. You can slide the 1st shape up or down the fretboard to play in any key. The proceeding scale shapes (i.e., 2nd, 3rd, etc.) always follow the same order after the 1st scale shape. This scale system is based on the 5 chord shapes that are made up of open strings (C, A, G, E, D).

1st Shape
2nd Shape
3rd Shape
4th Shape
5th Shape

Chord Compatibility

  • 1st Shape: The 1st shape can be used with the Major Triad chord family. You will also find that this scale shape works well with the Major 7th chord family as well.

  • 2nd Shape: The 2nd shape can be used with the Minor Triad chord family. You will also find that this scale shape works well with the Minor 7th chord family as well.

  • 3rd Shape: The 3rd shape can be used with the Major Triad chord family. You will also find that this scale shape works well with the Major 7th chord family as well.

  • 4th Shape: The 4th shape can be played over a Sustained Fourth (abbreviation-sus4) chord form. For example, in the key of G major, playing a sus4 chord in the D position (10 fret) will yield a G note. This scale shape also works well with the Dominant 7th chord family.

  • 5th Shape: The 5th shape can be used with the Minor Triad chord family. You will also find that this scale shape works well with the Minor 7th chord family as well.


Legend

vertical lines = strings (thickest line represents low E)
horizontal lines = frets
numbers = fingering

1 = thumb
2 = index finger
3 = middle finger
4 = ring finger
5 = pinky

Red numbers = Root note. Every red number represents a G note on the fretboard in the above example. Slide the scale shapes up (toward the bridge) three frets and all red notes will represent A on the fretboard.


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