Major Scale CAGED System

Major Scale CAGED System diagram

Major Scale CAGED System

These patterns fill in the blanks of the Major Pentatonic CAGED System. The formula for the Major Pentatonic is 1, M2, M3, P5, M6 (root, major second, major third, perfect fifth, and major sixth of the Major scale). If we add the perfect fourth and major seventh to this formula then we have the formula for the Major scale (1, M2, M3, P4, P5, M6, M7).

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Major Pentatonic CAGED System

CAGED Major Pentatonic diagram

CAGED Major Pentatonic

You can build upon the CAGED System by integrating the Major Pentatonic scale. There are five notes in the scale, which produce five modes. Each mode starts on a different interval of the scale. The image above shows the five patterns/modes of the Major Pentatonic scale.

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CAGED System

CAGED system chords diagram

CAGED System Chords

We will start off the exploration of the chord-scale relationship with the CAGED System. This system allows you to use five familiar chord shapes to link together and play any given major chord in five different positions. The image above shows the five familiar chord shapes. Memorize these shapes and associate them with their respective letter.

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