CAGED System – Playing Over Three Chords – D C & G – Lesson 30

About CAGED System – Playing Over Three Chords – D C & G – Lesson 30

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CAGED System – Playing Over Three Chords – D C & G – Lesson 30

In this lesson we show you how to change between three different pentatonic scales over their correlating chords.

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Now let's try to figure out how to switch between the three chord patterns, starting from EVERY position or "Shape" of CAGED.

Papa Gates shows you how to start the D chord in the "A" shape, the C chord in the "G" shape, and the G chord in the "D" shape so you can play in one spot or "general" position without having to chase chords around. Once you get that memorized, but don't wait until it's mastered, move to a different "general" position to play this chord progression in. I'll help you with one more and then you're on your own!

Start the D chord in the "G" shape and then ask yourself, "what CAGED shape of the C chord is in the same "general" position?". If you answered, the "E" shape, you'd be correct. Now what about the G chord? Yep, the "C" shape is right there!

Now it's your turn to pick a different "general" position to play the chord progression in.

This takes a LOT of work but if you start now you'll thank yourself later! You don't want to favor any position, the goal is to be equally comfortable with all of them. Having said that, I know that it is nearly impossible to not pick favorites, I certainly have mine;)

And last of all, HAVE FUN! Don't burn yourself out, this stuff takes years to get down and even more if you have to search for this information with no direction or guidance. Luckily it's all right here and you have this amazing community to turn to for help and support!

If you have any questions or comments, we are all hanging out in the "Lesson Comments" section below so come join us!

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Apoorv Gupta
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Apoorv Gupta Hey! I have a question which has been bugging me for a long time. Essentially, If we are in a scale, say in C major scale, than playing the notes that fall in the scale seems to be the viable choice, but on the other hand, you are suggesting that we change the shape and play the notes of the ongoing chord, which again sounds fine. But how is it possible that the notes of the scale and the particular chord which is being played at the time (obviously which is a part of that scale, say for C major, let it be G for example) both being different, sound fine?
Ram Kumar
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Ram Kumar There's an error in the tab. When the progression starts, the pentatonic notes on the 4th string should be 4 -- 7 and 5 -- 7 on the 2nd string.
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this is brilliant but then i was hoping to be able to try and theres no backing track!
Chris Agoglia
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Chris Agoglia Still no backing tracks help, I clicked on the video, but nothing.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Backing tracks are there! Click on the word "video" (bottom right).
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