I Did This One CAGED Exercise for 30 Days (WOW!!)

If you want to build the highest level of skill for the notes on the neck, as well as, for chords, then I’m going to ask you to include this one "CAGED Theory" exercise into your daily training over the next month.... 

All you’ll need is a couple of days to get started with learning the basic structure of the exercise, and then about 27 days more to develop proper technique to build the muscle response for performing all of the chords everywhere across the neck.

In this lesson, I am going to show you how this one CAGED exercise will not only help you increase your skill for locating notes on the neck, but I’m going to also stress what its potential is for your rhythm guitar ability.

The value of the results that you can get from adding this exercise to your training over the next 30 days will be staggering.


Today we’re talking about an exercise applied around the CAGED theory. If you’re not familiar with what the "CAGED Theory" is, then you may to want to start by watching my video titled, “GUITAR THEORY: The "CAGED" System.”

If you are familiar with what the CAGED Theory is, then this exercise routine that I have for you here will be fantastic.

This exercise has a goal of learning the following:
  • Octave patterns on the fingerboard
  • Understanding note locations on the neck
  • Learning to understand positions and Range 
  • Popular patterns of moveable major and minor triad chords

If you study this exercise for at least a month, (30 days), you’ll develop your moveable major and minor chords to an extremely high level of skill.

Plus, your knowledge of how the notes on the neck operate will also become a lot better.

To get things started, I want to run down a demonstration of this entire exercise, so that you fully comprehend how it works once it gets developed.

Full Exercise:

Now that you understand how this exercise operates. The next thing I want to do, is break everything down in steps so that you’re fully aware of how to start learning each part of the study.


Developing Octaves, (study the following "C" note octave patterns all across the neck).




Developing Chord Patterns, (study the following chord patterns all across the neck).

Note: The circled dots are the root notes, and the blue dots are the chord tones. Be mindful of the location change when the chord pattern switches from major to minor.

5th string to 2nd string...

4th string to 2nd string...

6th string to 4th to 1st string (2-octave)... 

6th string to 3rd to 1st string (2-octave)...

5th string to 3rd...

NOTE: Begin by learning how to fret each chord pattern (Major and Minor). Then, study how they link together across the fingerboard. Use one root tone at a time when linking the patterns to stay connected to the same naming note.

Your initial longer term goal for this study will be to learn how to get the octave elements of this exercise committed to memory. Then, you'll need to develop the chord patterns up to a level of memorization.

The second step to developing this exercise is to learn how to make modifications to the root (naming note). You'll need to become clear on how to move the root over to other notes so that you’ll understand how to apply it across all of the other musical keys on the neck.

If you spend the time studying this CAGED Theory (note and chord drill) it will establish itself as something incredibly helpful when it comes to getting you to think about your octaves and your triad chords as well as, how those notes and chords sit anyplace along the neck.

Also, doing this work will go a long way toward helping you think about the best chord to play when you’re working as a rhythm guitarist.

All too often, when we’re playing rhythm guitar, we come across chord changes in songs that can have us feeling unsure of which chord would work the best, or what chords sound the best.

This exercise will give you a lot more options when it comes to playing the best chords possible. You’ll find yourself coming up with all kinds of different chords much faster and you’ll be able to use any chord across the fret-board much better!



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