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I studied the Caged system for scales on guitar and find it useful when I'm doing scales over chords, but when I'm doing Pentatonic scales, I only learned Major and Minor with roots on 5th and 6th strings. I'm interested in learning more but I've never heard about CAGED For Pentatonics.

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    To me, the CAGED system pretty much 'just works' for all types of scales - what difficulty are you having applying it to pentatonics? – topo morto Mar 19 '18 at 15:42
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    Yeah you just leave out two notes. – Todd Wilcox Mar 19 '18 at 15:50
  • I suppose my difficulty has to do with my own uncertainty of if I do the analysis and figure out the fingering patterns, will I be able to pull it off, since in my little circle, no one has even mentioned it being done, let alone explained what I might need to understand. You've enlightened me and inspired me to move ahead with the idea. – skinny peacock Mar 19 '18 at 21:41
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The point of CAGED is to not see the C-A-G-E-D chord shapes as separate, but as one big interlocking chord shape that covers 12 frets - and then repeats again. This allows you to not get stuck in one little 'box' when playing chord tones up and down the neck. The idea is the same whichever chord type you're playing - Here's an illustration from rockprodigy.com of how it relates to the major and minor chords, for example...

major and minor caged

Once you are comfortable playing chord tones, it shouldn't take too much mental gymnastics to work out where each note in a whole scale is, based on where the chord tones are. As with the major and minor examples above, the CAGED 'concept' remains the same - you just have to teach yourself to 'spot' all the intervals in a scale - e.g. C major pentatonic:

C major pentatonic

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