Watch the CAGED Chord Shapes online guitar lesson by Dave Celentano from CAGED Commander

The barre chord shapes from the "CAGED" system refer to the five chord shapes (C major, A major, G major, E major, and D major) that reside in the five major scale positions/patterns (one chord shape per scale pattern). The entire course is in C major and at the conclusion is a discussion on how to apply the "CAGED" information to any other key. Your objective is to memorize and master the chord shape and the major scale pattern that surrounds it. Let's start by learning the five chord shapes. The 'A' and 'E' forms are quite possibly the two most common barre chords in a guitar players vocabulary. The 'C' form barre chord is used a bit less, while the 'G' and 'D' forms almost never. The point here is to recognize the chord tones (the money notes to resolve to) in each scale pattern and an easy way is to associate each scale pattern with a unique chord shape.