Introduction To Chords And The C-A-G-E-D Fretboard System
Chords are 3 or more notes played at the same time. There are all types of chords, but all will fall under two main categories: major and minor chords.
On the guitar there are only 5 basic major chord patterns. These primary chord patterns found on the guitar are C, A, G, E, and D. Together they spell the word C-A-G-E-D which should help you remember them. All other chords that you will learn in the future come from the C, A, G, E, and D chord patterns.
C-A-G-E-D is system of fretboard patterns for chords, scales, and arpeggios. It is derived from the unique tuning of the guitar. The C, A, G, E, and D basic chord patterns are just the beginning of the C-A-G-E-D system. They are the first step in opening up a door to total fretboard domination.
Every other chord, scale, and arpeggio can be built from these 5 patterns. Understanding, practicing and mastering the C-A-G-E-D system is the greatest achievement for guitar learners and will show you how to do this and more!
Obviously the first thing you should do is to learn the basic chord patterns. Previous posts, guidelines and picture layouts will teach you the basics of playing chords, how to play the C, A, G, E, and D major chord patterns, a complete guide to power chords, and a little bit of chord theory.
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