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Understanding the CAGED system

Description: Printer friendly explanation of the CAGED system of guitar fretboard orientation.


Start by locating the Root Notes of each of these familiar chords:

Each set of root notes forms a unique movable Octave Pattern :

By laying these five patterns out so that they overlap each other in the order that spells the word 'CAGED' we are able to chart every occurrence of any given note on the fretboard:

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