The CAGED System G Shape

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The G Shape

This last shape is probably the least used and can be very hard to play as a barre chord - this time in orange :).


Still we only use the notes F A and C but they form a useful and common shape. Also notice that the 'root note' is now on the 6th string.

Check out the barré

Look at it more closely and I have put a barre over the first fret so you can clearly see the shape...

Imagine that the big black barre is the nut... ignore the red dot... can you see it?


It's an open G chord!

This shape is often called the "G shape barre chord". You know it is the chord F but the parent shape of the chord is from the common open G chord shape.

The last position, can I sleep now?

This shape is also referred to as Position 5.

Position 5 really means in practice that the root note of the chord is found on the 6th string (in this case the note F) and the majority of the notes are found further down (lower) than the root note.

So be sure to understand the "G shape" and "Position 5" mean the same things depending on who teaches them.

Remember too that every shape on the guitar that DOES NOT use open strings is moveable. And this one is no exception.

It is a very hard chord to play as a full barre chord but if you are going to try it is usually played like this:

G Shape Barre Chord

Red dot rock fever

If you look at the red dot now and add that to your regular open G chord you will get what I often refer to as "rock G" as it is mostly used in rock music.

Well, that is the CAGED system for now, at some point I will revisit and explain how scales and arpeggios fit into the same system!

CAGED System



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