“Roxanne” by The Police is a great example of using partial major and minor shapes based on the CAGED guitar chord system. This song also includes suspended 4 chords. See the Roxanne chords and guitar tabs below.
Opening Verse Chord Progression
Gm (“Em form”)
Dm (“Dm form”)
Gm (“Dm form”)
F (“C form”)
Eb (“C form”)
Fsus (“E form”)
Gsus (“E form”)
Guitar CAGED Chords
There are many different kinds of chords and chord shapes that can be fingered and fretting on the guitar fretboard. All of these shapes can be traced back to five core forms. They are C, A, G, E and D. This spells CAGED and that’s why this is called the CAGED system.
Just because this system stems from five very common open chords, don’t make the mistake that it’s not worth learning or you already get the idea. There is so much more. When you actually learn the full arpeggio patterns that the common open chords stem from you’ll realize that there is a lot more to work with than you thought. Tons of different shapes, fingerings, inversions and voicings can be created. In fact, you’re probably already using some of these types of chords but are not yet able to recognize what they are or where they come from. This is why learning and understanding the whole CAGED chord system is vital to become a great guitar player and developing a good working knowledge of music theory for guitar.
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