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CAGED Minor Arpeggios

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There are 5 basic shapes you can use to play minor arpeggios. These shapes are called either C,A,G,E, or D minor. They can be easily associated with their minor chord counterparts as seen in the 2nd diagram under each shape.

The arpeggios on this page are in closed position (movable forms) . Do you want to see what they look like in the open position?

Each arpeggio shape has two diagrams. The one on the left portrays the correct fingerings. The diagram on the right highlights the arpeggio shape with it’s base chord shape.

Cm Shape

This is a F#/Gbm arpeggio using the Cm style pattern:

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=arpeggioC#/DbDD#/EbEFF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbB

Am Shape

This is a Bm arpeggio using the Am style pattern:

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arpeggioA#/BbBCC#/DdDD#/EbEFF#/GbGG#/AbA

Gm Shape

This is a Dm arpeggio using the Gm style pattern:

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arpeggioG OpenG#/AbAA#/BbBFF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbB

Em Shape

This is a D#/Ebm arpeggio using the Em style pattern:

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arpeggioFF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbBCC#/DbDD#/EbE

Dm Shape

This is a Fm arpeggio using the Dm style:

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arpeggioD#/EbEFF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbBCC#/DbD