9. The CAGED system for minor chords

What, next thing you’re gonna tell me is that the CAGED system has two names based on the quality of the chords? Oh…

1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial we will be looking at the CAGED system for minor chords by learning to play a chord using all of the 5 forms. So, let’s have some fun.

2. The CAGED system for minor chords

The CAGED system for minor chords works in a similar fashion as the major chords version. The only difference is that the first form in order is usually the E form, making its actual name the EDCAG system.

Let’s play the Em chord using all of the forms. First off, the E form

E|---0---|
B|---0---|
G|---0---|
D|---2---|
A|---2---|
E|---0---|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play this chord like this:

Em

Next up, the D form:

E|---3---|
B|---5---|
G|---4---|
D|---2---|
A|-------|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play this chord in the following manner:

Em_Dform

Next up, the C form:

E|-------|
B|---5---|
G|---4---|
D|---5---|
A|---7---|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, this is how we play this chord:

Em_Cform

Let’s move on to the A form:

E|---7---|
B|---8---|
G|---9---|
D|---9---|
A|---7---|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, here’s how we play it:

Em_Aform

And finally, let’s review our desire to play guitar by looking at the G form:

E|---12---|
B|---12---|
G|---9----|
D|---9----|
A|---10---|
E|---12---|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, this is how it’s done:

Em_Gform

That concludes our tutorial. Next time around, we will be taking a look at scale and chord degrees. See you then.

Chord charts generated using this chord generator

 

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