CAGED Chord System Guitar Solos - Learning To Play The Guitar

CAGED Chord System Guitar Solos

While the CAGED Chord System can be used to play inversions of chords all over the guitar neck to create interesting and fresh rhythm guitar parts, it can also be used to create lead lines for guitar solos. In this guitar lesson the CAGED Chord System will be used over a 4 chord progression showing ideas to create a guitar solo based on arpeggios. If you don’t know what the CAGED Chord System is check out this previous post.

The chords in the example are E G D and A major which are the same chords used in the chorus of Alive by Pearl Jam and countless other songs.

The first exercise uses the E major shape shifting it up and down the neck for each chord. This shape is also the shape used for 4 string version of the F major chord.

CAGED E Chord Shape

CAGED E Chord Shape Arpeggios

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The next exercise uses the C or D major shape. Here you can see the triangle shape from the open string D chord combined with the extra note from the C chord shape on the 4th string.

CAGED C/D Chord Shape

CAGED C/D Chord Shape Arpeggios

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Exercise 3 is based on the A major chord shape using 4 strings while shifting it up and down the neck for each chord.

CAGED A Chord Shape

CAGED A Chord Shape Arpeggios

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Finally there’s the G major chord shape again using the same 4 strings of the shape as it is moved around the guitar neck.

CAGED G Chord Shape

CAGED G Chord Shape Arpeggios

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These arpeggios can be left to ring out and blend the notes together or the notes can be played separately by removing finger pressure from each note after it is played.

The final exercise mixes all the shapes from the CAGED chord system giving you an idea of how they can be combined. The next step after this would be to vary the rhythm more with faster lines mixed with longer notes to create more musical phrases. See what you can come up with to create your own CAGED chord system solo.

CAGED Chord Shape Arpeggios

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