Major Chord Family Extensions Using The CAGED Method

In this lesson we will take what you have already learned from the CAGED method lessons here at, and put that to good use in learning larger chord forms (ie. 9ths, 11ths and 13ths).

If you aren't very familiar with the CAGED system yet, just check out those chord lessons in the beginner and intermediate guitar lesson archives.

It will also help for you to know the basic chord theory that you can get from the Understanding Keys lesson and the lesson on Triads found in the music theory archive.

Be sure to try and take these different chord formulas to all of your basic CAGED chord forms. It will really open up a lot of doors into visualizing the neck if you figure out your own voicings.

Grab the PDF TAB download for this lesson here.

Major Chord Family Extensions With CAGED PDF

Have fun learning these new chords that will really spice up your jazz playing. We still have two more chord families to go with this method. Let me know what you think!!

Cheers!! Carl 😀

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Major Chord Family Chord Extensions


  1. Ishaan on June 24, 2010 at 12:45 am

    great job , its difficult to get guitar lessons in india, thanks for your help.


    • Carl Brown on June 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

      Cool, thanks a lot for checking out my site. There will be a lot more lessons coming. I hope you have a lot of fun while learning the guitar!! 😀 Carl..

  2. Carlos Aponte on September 1, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Awesome job! many thanks.

  3. Govanni on February 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Hey carl Brown! im from Mexico and i ever wanted to learn how to play guitar, your lessons are to easy to understand, and good idea to put your lessons in youtube because it was easy to find your web page, its exactly what every beginner needs to learn how to play guitar, i have so much fun learning in your web site, I hope you continue with your lessons and your web page and give you thanks for your lessons and your efforts take care!!

  4. pete on August 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Amazing! Your very clear and concise! Best lessons available!

  5. pete on August 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Would love a jazz walking lesson or blue bossa!

  6. Chris on November 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hey Carl-Very clear lesson. For goodness sakes I have been asking people for years to explain this and nobody could just simply do it. And i am talking about advanced players.

    One question: Are these all the chord extensions for the key of C major? If so, that means just extrapolate to all the other keys- and in all the other caged shapes – and you’d basically know every chord, correct?

    Thanks Chris

    • Carl Brown on November 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Yeah that is one way off learning your chords. As long as you know the formula to makes up the chord extensions of the larger chord forms you can turn any CAGED form into a 9th, 11th or 13th with ease. 😀

      Cheers! Carl..

  7. Jovan on February 20, 2023 at 12:38 am

    Hey Carl. Awesome site with clear and practical lessons. One question: In this video and pdf tab for this lesson, the Cmaj13 chord (chord second to last) has no 3rd (as far as I noticed, it has CGBDA). It is confusing to me because I thought major or minor chords are defined by the 3rd. I know that the 5th can be omitted in extended chords, but not the 3rd for major and minor chords, otherwise they would be like sus chords. Am I mistaken?

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