CAGED: the fundamental chord shapes

These diagrams show the 5 basic chord shapes on the guitar, using C major as the example.

These 5 shapes are what is known as the CAGED system, interlocking chord shapes that cover the entire neck in one key.

CAGED: C major chord
C major in 1st position

CAGED: C major chord
A shape - C major in the 3rd position is based on the shape of an open A chord

CAGED: C major chord
G shape - C major in the 5th position is based on the shape of an open G chord

CAGED: C major chord
E shape - C major in the 8th position is based on the shape of an open E chord

CAGED: C major chord
D shape - C major in the 10th position is based on the shape of an open D chord