CAGED Major Scale Sequence

Learn To Play The CAGED Major Scale Sequence On Guitar!

In this guitar lesson we are going to take a look at how to apply the major scale to the CAGED sequence. If you don’t know what the CAGED sequence is you should go check out the lesson The CAGED Guitar Sequence. We will be in the key of G major for this lesson and will be using two different major scale shapes. One of the shapes will start with your 2nd finger and the other will start with your 4th finger. You can check out the lesson Major Guitar Scale Shapes if you do not know the scale shapes that we are using in this lesson, or you can just learn them here.

The idea here is to associate each chord shape in the CAGED sequence with a scale shape. This will help you to learn how to start connecting major scale shapes up and down the fretboard. We will go through each chord in the CAGED sequence, starting with the E, and apply a G major scale shape to each chord.

Make a G bar chord with your bar on the 3rd fret using the E shape. Check out the chord diagram that we have supplied for you if you are not clear on which chord I am talking about. Now play a G major scale starting on the 3rd fret of the 6th string with your 2nd finger. This is the scale that goes with the E bar chord shape. We have given you the scale diagram if you need it.

The second chord in the CAGED sequence is a D. Check out the G chord diagram that is based off of the D shape. The G major scale shape that goes with this chord shape starts with your 2nd finger on the 5th fret of the 4th string. Check out the chord and scale diagrams if you need any clarification.

The next chord shape in the CAGED sequence is C. Play the chord diagram that looks like a C chord with the root note on the 10th fret of the 5th string. The G major scale that goes with this chord shape is the one that starts with your 4th finger on the 10th fret of the 5th string. Play through this scale and try to visualize the C shaped G chord inside of the scale shape.

The fourth scale shape is associated with an A bar chord shape. Play the G bar chord based off of the A chord shape with your bar on the 10th fret. Now play the scale shape that starts with your 2nd finger on the 10th fret of the 5th string.

The last chord in the CAGED sequence is a G. Check out the chord diagram. It is basically a G chord shape with a bar on the 12th fret. The scale shape that goes with this chord starts with your 4th finger on the 15th fret of the 6th string.

Play through each scale shape and try to visualize the chord shape within the scale. If you already know the CAGED sequence you can visualize the layout of all of the G chords on the fretboard. Try to associate each chord shape with scale shape that goes with it. Once you can do this for the key of G try it with all of the other keys. This can be a lot of work so try a new key every week or two.

CAGED Major Scale Sequence

This Lesson Has 9 Comments

  • hanie says:

    i love those chords you’ve been given’ and i have so many learnings ’bout this things..

    • Nadim says:

      Try Practice some of their niegbner guitar lessons, chords, etc., every day for an hour or two, until you feel comfortable and confident enough with your chords and finger placements. Listen to tones and learn to recognize chords by their sound, then practice with songs you hear and like. The key is practice, practice, practice. By learning proper ways and tones of chords, and then moving towards simple songs you like, you will be able to recognize your own style more and get a feel of (1) the proper way to play chords and (2) your own methods of playing. Once you get a handle on this, seek out others to jam with, because that will keep you motivated to play more, and will allow you to learn from others as well.

    • michael says:

      oh ya that’s what i was looking 4 .u r star i like the way u teach .please help me 2 grow up in guitar by providing me with more scales shapes .from up 2 down ,by showing how to play sequences scales.
      may God bless u .

  • Jerry Lee says:

    this is where I always start to get confused. You start with playing a G chord, got that, but then you say using an E shape. Lost me there. Is a G not a G?

  • Jerry Lee says:

    Nevermind, I just got it. The G is the same all the way up, but the shapes differ. I just tied 2 of them together in one run, thanks man, this is sweet stuff.

    • Kamrul says:

      The piano is a full range instrument, mnanieg it has low bass notes at the bottom going to high treble notes are the top. The guitar is a midrange instrument, mnanieg that it lacks the low bass notes. Therefore, if you want to find the E chords that sound the same, you have to find the lowest E chord possible on the guitar and match it to the piano. Then you have to find the highest E chord on the guitar and match that to the piano. Now you know the lowest and the highest. You can find every E chord in between. The low E string on the guitar corresponds to the E below middle C on the piano. Knowing that, you can map out the E chords on the guitar. The only other reason the chords wouldn’t sound the same is if the intonation on your guitar isn’t correct. So, first you tune your guitar . If your piano is in tune, then use that as a guitar to tuning your guitar. Secondly, you need to make sure the harmonics on your guitar are also in tune and this is referred to as the intonation. If the harmonics are not in tune, then you have to adjust the saddles on the bridge. If you don’t know how to do this, then take your guitar to a guitar tech who will set it up and show you what to do. If you have an accoustic guitar and the bridge is not adustable, then you will have a hard time getting your guitar to the correct intonation, so again, see a guitar tech.

  • fatso says:

    hey, thanks for this. FYI, there’s an error on the A form G major scale chord. To make a G chord, the first finger should be barred on the 10th fret (and not the 9th as your diagram shows), right where the C form ends. The rest of the fingers should be on the 12th fret.

  • Paul says:

    This is true, the A shape diagram is off one fret..


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