Okay, stick with us here! We all know that scales aren’t that exciting, but the CAGED system will transform the way you play.
You already know open C, A, G, E and D chords, right? The CAGED system plots these beginner-friendly shapes across the fretboard as barre chords, helping you play all the way up and down the neck.
To transfer this to lead guitar, you’ll be linking a scale with each chord, and that’s not as hard as it sounds. The chords are relatively easy and the scales have similar finger patterns, so you’ll soon be blazing around the fretboard.
1. C Shape
2. A Shape
3. G Shape
4. E Shape
5. D Shape
Rock-style CAGED lick
If you still don’t quite get why the CAGED system is so transformative, take a look at this lick. The backing chops away on a D chord. It could get dull, but the lead guitar covers the whole fretboard, expanding on the scale shapes we’ve looked at. Like we say, link a scale with a chord you’re soloing over and you’ll never run out of licks!