The CAGED Method Using Major And Minor Chords

This lesson focuses on learning how the CAGED Method works on the guitar to aid in the visualization of the fretboard.

The CAGED method is especially good for quickly learning many chord forms all over the neck. The key is to relate all forms with the same name to each other.

For instance, there is a Form A shape for every type of chord (Major, Minor, Major 7th, Dominant 7th etc..), and every single one of those Form A chord types share the exact same root note.

In the case of Form A that root note is on the 5th String, so you should be able to build any chord type off of whatever 5th string note that you want to be the root of the chord.

Check out the other studies using the CAGED method here at There are lessons were we take every seventh chord type and arrange it in the CAGED format as well, all still working off the same root notes. Just do a search on seventh chords and you will find them.

Remember, all Form A's go together, and all Form G's go together and so forth. You will see that all of the chord types are right on top of each other making them much easier to organize and memorize.

Don't forget the PDF download for this lesson.

Major And Minor Chords CAGED PDF

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The CAGED Method Using Major And Minor Chords


  1. Darien on May 23, 2010 at 7:32 am

    whats the purpose of CAGED sequence??

    • Carl Brown on May 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Hey Darien, the CAGED sequence is just a way of organizing your basic major, minor and 7th chords. It makes it easier to learn all of your basic chord shapes when you can see them all off of the same root note. You will see this we you play every chord shape with the same name like for instance Form A. You can play all Form A chords from the exact same root note which makes them much easier to memorize. The CAGED Sequence isn’t really about music or progressions at all, it’s just a simple memorization system. 😀

  2. Drew on May 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm


    Thank you so much for another great lesson. I can’t believe I’ve never known about this! Just having learned this a few minutes ago, is there a reason why B and F are left out. Is there an easy way to know all the positions for those two notes? Thanks for your help again.

  3. Drew on May 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm


    I’m sorry, about the last post. I think I just figured it out for B and F. It’s the exact same way for all the other chords. I just had a brain fart when CAGED didn’t have B and F in the mnemonic.

    • Carl Brown on May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      LOL, glad you worked it out. That is always the best way to learn and retain the info. 🙂

  4. mike s. on June 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    it’s going to take a lot of practice,but at least i understand it now,thanks for a great lesson.

  5. maziar sahraei on August 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    hi dear carl, i have to confess its one of the best sites i’ve ever seen and ur lessons are very usable and nice…have to thank u and this site for the lessons are free because i live in iran and because of political limitations cant have a credit card to pay for lessons and so i am flying like a butterfly now that i have found this site…thank u so so so much my friend and wish the best for u \m/

    • Carl Brown on August 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Hey Maziar, thanks a bunch for the kind comment. I hope you continue to get a lot from the lessons on the site. More are always on the way as well!

      Cheers! Carl..

  6. roger jimenez on August 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    This system is a great way to memorize you chords in every position and I am very thankful for your website and all your insite and instruction.I’ll let this marinade for a while before I move on to the next lesson though.Thanks again

  7. Pablo Naranjo on December 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Love this site, going to go premium in a few weeks.

    Thank you Carl

  8. Brian Michel on February 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    awesome lesson man, it really helps a lot. thanks

  9. p r on March 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

    These lessons on CAGED chords and triads have really made jamming with friends a lot more fun – I can easily move all over the neck now when we’re playing, making it possible to find nice voicings for a particular song that I wouldn’t have otherwise found before these lessons.

  10. Tim Blake on March 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Finally, someone who can clearly explain the caged method. Thanks Carl!

  11. Natalie on March 8, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Carl, this lesson of you was – as always – very helpful! The G and C minor forms are impossible to finger right now. My fingers are so short! I hope it will get better with time and practice, and stretching…
    Thank you. Cheers, Natalie

    • Carl Brown on March 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Don’t stress out about those two chords Natalie. There are almost never used since they are so difficult to play.

      But I put them in the lesson for completeness sake. 🙂

  12. John G on June 9, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Carl
    How did you so easily switch to the Minor chords? Is there a general rule I should know?

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