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CAGED Shapes and corresponding arpeggios

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"C" shape
CAGED "C" shape major triad arpeggio major 7 arpeggio dominant 7 arpeggio minor triad arpeggio minor 7 arpeggio
5 3 3 5 3 3 5 7 3 3 5 3 b3 b3 b3 b7 b3

R R R b7 R 5 5

3 3 7 3 3 b3 R b7 b3 R

R 5 R 5 5 R 5 5 R b7 5

5 R 5 5 R 5

"A" shape
CAGED "A" shape major triad arpeggio major 7 arpeggio dominant 7 arpeggio minor triad arpeggio minor 7 arpeggio
5 R 5 3 7 3 b7 5 R 5 5 R b7 5
3
5 R 5 5 R 5 b3 b3
5 R b7 5
5 R 3 7 5 R 5 R

5 R 3 5 R 3 b3 b7 b3 b7
5 R 3

(b7) b7

"G" shape
CAGED "G" shape major triad arpeggio dominant 7 arpeggio minor triad arpeggio minor 7 arpeggio
major 7 arpeggio
5 R
5 R 3 5 R 3 5 R 3 5 R 3 5 R
b7 b3 b7
b7 b7 b3

3 3 7 3 7 3
R b7 b3 5 R
R R R 5 R R 5 R R b7 5 R R b3 5 R

"E" shape
CAGED "E" shape major triad arpeggio major 7 arpeggio dominant 7 arpeggio minor triad arpeggio minor 7 arpeggio
R 5 R 3 7 3 7 b7 (b7) R b3 5 R R b7 b3 5 R

3 R 5 R R 5 R 3

5 R 3 7 3 R b7 5 R
5 R 5 R

5 R 5 R 3 b3 b3 b3 b7 b3

5 R
b7
(3 ) (3 ) b7

"D" shape
CAGED "D" shape major triad arpeggio major 7 arpeggio dominant 7 arpeggio minor triad arpeggio minor 7 arpeggio
5 R 3 7 3 3 5 R 5 R

5 R 5 R 5 R b3 b3 b3 b7 b3

5 3 b7 5 5

R 3 5 3 3 5 7 3 3 5 3 b3 R b7 b3 R

R R b7 R

(3 )

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