Previously we unlocked the CAGED chord system discovering how to play chords in different locations on the guitar neck.
The CAGED chord system can be used to make boring predictable chord changes sound interesting. Another riff using the CAGED chord system is the intro to Bittersweet by the Aussie rock band the Hoodoo Gurus. The CAGED chord system can be also used to play arpeggios without being locked into just using regular open string and bar chord shapes. For example let’s look at the often used 4 chord song progression  in the key of C using the chords C G A minor and F. The B minor chord uses the E minor shape at the 7th fret, for the D chord  the G shape is used also at the 7th fret, the F# minor chord uses the A minor shape at the 9th fret and for the E chord the A shape at the 7th fret. So now we’ve unlocked the CAGED chord system and know how to use it various styles of music try and see how you can use it in songs that you play. It also helps to listen to the songs and play along so you can hear where the chord changes happen, or look them up on a site like Ultimate Guitar which shows where the chord changes occur relative to the lyrics of the song.
Using the Piano Chords Dictionary, I have created a minimum set of chords which could be used as a base for learning to play piano.
Although I’m from a punk background one hundred percent, the above essence of punk rock guitar playing is not why I have started this blog. In this guitar lesson we’ll learn how to use our knowledge of the CAGED chord system in songs.


Many songs are written just a few basic chords so to make them sound interesting guitarists often use the CAGED chord system.
The arpeggio pattern below uses the G shape for the C chord arpeggio, the D shape for the G arpeggio, the E minor shape for the A minor arpeggio and the C shape for the F arpeggio. Using the same 4 chord song you can play a guitar solo over it using the A minor pentatonic scale.
You can also mix things up by alternating the A chord shape with the G chord shape when playing the D and the E chords respectively. They all use the same tuning; so the main difference between them is body size (tenor is the largest).
Ukulele teachers are available to work with you online via Skype or in-person depending on locations and availability. But it was hammered back home when my 1-year old discovered the guitar and I was playing him his favourite songs, realizing that they’re all do-able with just four basic chords. However what makes it interesting is the shapes that Pete Townsend uses to play the chords and the rhythm. However for the song’s intro the chords are played using the D triangle shape for the G chord at the 7th fret, the top 3 strings of the E chord shape for the C chord at the 8th fret and the top 3 strings of the A chord shape for the D chord at the 5th fret.
However to make the solo outline the harmony of the chord progression we’ll add some arpeggios.
The chords are played up the neck using higher notes and muted strums to create a percussive rhythmic groove.


Adjust your fingers as needed if you hear muted or muddy notes or chords. Before you attempt to play any of these songs, first practice each chord with a down strum, using your right hand thumb. Start with the G chord, playing several measures of four consecutive downstrums at a slow tempo. He is both a songwriter and performer, and has taught music business and songwriting at various universities and music schools. Okay, they gave you only three chords, but with just one more you can learn 100 songs just like that (and then form a band). So simple indeed that all you need to know is four guitar chords to be able to play an unlimited* number of songs. I’ve never tried them before and was amazed (again) by what you can do with near to no guitar playing capabilities. The riff finishes with the A and the G chords played using the top 3 strings of the E chord shape.
However when you play them in the solo play the notes separately rather than letting them ring out.
It’s also a test whether I can actually think of one hundred songs to play on the guitar.



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