CAGED System – The A Shape – Lesson 25

About CAGED System – The A Shape – Lesson 25

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CAGED System – The A Shape – Lesson 25

In this lesson we tackle the “A shape” of the CAGED system; its correlating major chord, arpeggio, pentatonic & major scales.

Syn’s Tips

I really want to emphasize sliding in and out of different positions. You need to do this with your Arpeggios, Scales, Double Stops, and entire Chords. You also need to do this on every string and create little practice exercises that don't allow you to favor one string over the other. For example, you may want to play 4 notes in one position and then slide to another repeating this "sequence" over and over. Try the same thing after 2 notes and even 1 and 3 notes which will make you slide on different fingers than 2 and 4 notes. Then mix em up- 1 note and slide, then 2 notes and slide, then 4 and so on. The more you practice this in the beginning, the more effortless your "position shifts" will be.

I'd also like to refer to the changing of positions as "position shifts", because you don't necessarily have to slide in order to get to the next position, you can simply skip a note and place your finger into the far end of the next position without a slide. If that doesn't make sense now, it will in the next lesson and remember, you can always ask a friend in the "Lesson Comments" section below! Everyone in this community is here to help!

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Shawn S
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Shawn S I don't quite follow the logic for the double-stops in bar 28. I thought that these would just be each of the string pairs from the "A" shape. E.g., 5th fret on the high E string with the 7th fret on the B string; 7th fret on the B and G strings; etc. How do the notes shown in bar 28 relate back to the "A" shape? Thanks!
Ram Kumar
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Ram Kumar There are errors in the tabs and it's not just in this lesson. Brian's playing 4 on the G string and 4 on the D string. Go by how it sounds. If you know the shapes of the pentatonic scales then you know the places to play your double stops.
Ram Kumar
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Ram Kumar There are errors in the tabs and it's not just in this lesson. Go by how it sounds than relying on tabs. If you know the shapes of the pentatonic scales then you know the places to play your double stops.
Jen Hapke
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Jen Hapke I found a "mistake" in the tab in the part "major scale". It's not a real mistake the tab just show a different way to play the g in the scale. Instead of 8 fret second string it says 3 fret first string. Both is the same g but it makes it harder to play and papa gates plays the 8 fret second string. In the part of the video "4th position" the tab show it correctly and papa gates explains the exact thing. Just don't get confused by it.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Thank you, Jennifer!
Luke Murray
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Luke Murray im a bit confused with the pentatonic scale on this, in a previous lesson you mentioned to get a pentatonic scale from a major scale you remove the 4th and 7th but in this one it appears to be the 3rd and 7th ?
Luke Murray
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Luke Murray never mind figured it out
Gard-Olav Skatvedt
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Gard-Olav Skatvedt Should i practice all the scales you bring up from the CAGED system to the point of being able to play them all without thinking? Or should i practive some of them? Great lessons BTW
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates The more you know the better!
Adrià Serra
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Adrià Serra I don't understand how you come up with that pentatonic and major scale, I know we've studied the C and the D major scale but don't know which one you're playing in this lesson.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. It is a D Major scale & D Pentatonic scale. A is the "shape".
Arash Mohtadi
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Arash Mohtadi It really shows that he's been teaching for a while, he makes previously tedious topics seem fun and applicable. I'm actually excited to learn theory for once.
Nadim Captan
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Nadim Captan Yeah I've watched a few C A G E D tutorials online before this course was released. This explanation easily beats them all.
Stathis Tsak
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Stathis Tsak At the very beginning of the video Papa Gates says, A shape 5th position... I understand the A shape, but what 5th positions means? Just that we move the A major by 5 frets? If so,why did he chose this particular positon and what does this have to do with the CAGED system or the C major pattern C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C ? Im getting confused
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Thank you, Daniel. Spot on!
Daniel McKenzie
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Daniel McKenzie When he said 5th position he literally meant the 5th fret I believe He’s going through each “Shape” of the CAGED system but using the D “Chord”. Last lesson he showed how to make a D Chord using a C shape and now he’s showing us how to make a D Chord with the A shape nothing to do with the C major scale at the moment, just the C A G E F shapes. Hope this helps! 🙂
Jop Papen
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Jop Papen Just played some Sevenfold songs, left me with Drop D on my Floyd Rose. Makes it more difficult learning these shapes haha