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C Position: Major Workout

29th May 2019

In this lesson we will create a workout, built from 4 exercises that revolve around the C-position of CAGED. Once this workout is mastered, you will be able to visualise all of the intervals within this position at ease. You should implement this workout into your daily practice routine for maximum benefits.


  • As I introduce each device, pause the video to read the information on-screen.
  • Take a moment to work out the interval locations yourself before confiding in the diagrams. You will be able to do this by memorising the formula for the device that you are attempting, whilst also using the parent chord shape as your reference.
  • Play consciously. Say the intervals as you play them.
  • Begin on the lowest available root note of the position. Ascend to the highest note of that position, and then descend to the lowest note of that position. Finally, ascend to the original root note to finish the exercise.
  • Avoid stretching where possible. It will be easier for you to memorise the intervals if they are closer to the parent chord shape.



  • Parent Shape: C Shape, D Chord
  • Triad Arpeggio: 1, 3, 5 (Major Triad)
  • 7th Arpeggio: 1, 3, 5, 7 (Major 7th)
  • Pentatonic Scale: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 (Major Pentatonic)
  • Diatonic Scale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Major Scale)




Parent Shape:

Major Triad Arpeggio:

Major 7th Arpeggio:

Major Pentatonic Scale:

Major Scale:

Click here to Download a PDF copy of these neck diagrams.


  1. So I’ve worked this C Position: Major workout to death. Got it locked in an fluid across all the scales. I have a question….
    If I add the Flat 3rd to the Pentatonic do I get a Major Blues Scale?

    Also, here is a fantastic accident… To get these scales as fluid as I can and to start to find comfort in the Bar C shape I did this; Play through one of the scales as fast as I can and then hit he chord shape. When I got to Major 7th Arpeggio I accidentally played “under the bridge” by the chilli’s. Only took about 2 minutes to figure out that if you throw in F Sharp as E position you get the whole intro!!

    1. Congrats Jonathan, I’m glad to hear that you’re making steady progress! 🙂 To answer your question – you are correct. Later in the Masterclass you’ll discover how to adapt these major & minor CAGED positions to suit absolutely any circumstance or scale flavour.

      Your “fantastic accident” made me giggle – wonderful stuff Jonathan! 😀 

      1. OK this is good to hear. The Minor Pentatonic was the only scale I knew before this course and I had learnt the pattern and not the notes. Years ago a friend showed me how to add to the shape to get the blues scale. When I was practicing the pentatonic I started to see where the blues note fitted into that pattern. Quick deduction said it was the ♭3. Nice to see i’m starting to understand the notes as well as the patterns.

    1. Great! Please refer to the “TOP TIPS” written in the lesson notes 🙂 You are encouraged to say the intervals as you play them; very important! Memorising shapes is not going to help you with fretboard visualisation, you’ll want to focus the majority of your energy on recognising the visual relationship of all of the intervals. Your goal is to recognise the distance between 1-3, 3-5, 3-1, 5-3, and every combination there-forth as quickly as possible. Of course, you will inadvertently memorise and recognise these parent CAGED shapes whilst doing this, but don’t think that remembering the shapes is good enough for you to move onwards – it’s much harder than that 😛

  2. I’m enjoying the C position 7th appeggio……It would be helpful to have a speed selection for playing w you but after 2-3 trys……it’s happening…..thanks Darryl……this is cool stuff !

    1. Nice! 7th arpeggios are great fun! I most certainly agree Don, but unfortunate
      ly this feature becomes quite expensive to implement because these videos are not self-hosted (I pay a monthly fee for video hosting). I hope to be able to introduce this feature when the site becomes more popular 😀

  3. Great exercise! I noticed that I was lifting my fingers for each note I was hitting and I had problems to keep my hand still. I practiced to keep holding the C shape throughout the exercise (use pinky on high e) and now my movements feel more controlled.

    1. Excellent work Andreas 😀 Be careful not to make notes overlap however – otherwise it’s a chord, not an arpeggio. I advise that you copy my fingering/finger strategies in the video

  4. By Far the clearest picture I have ever seen on my fretboard, thanks a ton for making this available, in my first run through, it became so much clearer
    I know bits and pieces about this stuff, but it has never been this clear and so put together, I can actually see how this al relates now, going to work on this until it is stuck like glue in my head, then I will move on to the next shape.

    1. Thanks Rob, I’m glad you’re enjoying the content and finding it beneficial! 🙂 Please consider leaving a review to help others make an informed decision about the course, I would greatly appreciate it! ✌️

  5. Should I be able to figure out the interval locations for the parent shape already? Or should I be memorizing the parent shape’s intervals as the base, and then use that base to figure out the additional intervals as I work through the additional shapes? Thanks!

    1. The latter is what you’re aiming for @MatthewAssell. Begin with the shape, and then work on your interval recognition. Eventually, you will be confident at finding any intervallic relationship anywhere on the neck, based on the shapes and exercises of CAGED ✌️