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A fretboard diagram to show the chord formula in action using the notes from the C Major scale.
Take the 1st, then the 3rd and finally, the 5th note from the scale. That would be C, E, and G:
Those three notes make up the C chord.
Do the same thing starting from F, that would be F, A, C. G would be G, B, D....
The octave shapes are key to understanding the CAGED system.
Start on the low E, move along the fretboard until you find the next E.
That would be the 2nd fret on the 4th string.
Octave shape 1
The E chord contains this octave shape, and that is why the E chord is shape 1.
Apparently the idea for this was a guy tuning in the radio (who does that these days?), and jamming over a song.
It's a good example of a pentatonic themed solo, with extra notes aded for effect. In the right hands, that's all you need.
As with any song, take care on the bends as they can make or break it.
3 Blocks with 24 Frets each.
14 Blocks with 12 Frets each.
Modes are just Scales.
The C Major Scale is C, D, E, F, G, A, B.
The scale has 7 notes, so seven starting points
Each of these starting points has a name:
This is an intro sheet, check it out to get you on the path to modal madness.
Most guitarists gravitate to playing what feels best and gets the job done, this pdf demonstrates some of the more common and helpful barre chords out there.
There is a complimentary file called
Formal Barre Chord Shapeswhich highlights the 'proper' way, however, they are not really necessary or appropriate in a lot of cases. And you are not cheating if you do not use them!
Classic Song, great distinctive rhythms and ideas.
This song introduces cool ways to apply chords in differing shapes
anddifferent rhythms. Bar 9 has the D shaped chord moved up the fretboard so that it becomes an A chord.
The strumming is notated, down stroke on the numbers, and upstrokes on the '+'s.
I might post the solo soon, drop me an email using the site form (or click on the link in the header) if you want it. It's a cracker. Apparently the guitarist did
thatsolo because it was the only one he knew.
15 Blocks with 04 Frets each.
Great riff, sounds kinda simple, but you have to nail the groove and play with the dynamics.
The trick is to play the same riff but with a palm mute by the picking hand and then later, a heavier attack without the palm mute.
Some useful shapes for the Minor 7th chord: 1, b3, 5, b7.
Classic Blues Shuffle
Once you have this, try and stat it on the 5h fret, remember, everything moves up 5 frets, even the open frets.