CAGED Method: D form, C form, which is it?

Among guitarists of different levels, there is a question about the CAGED method of movable scales and chords. For the uninitiated, the CAGED method is a way to organize the fretboard into 5 positions that focus around chord shapes that we create around the simple C chord, A chord, G chord, E, chord, and D chord forms. Adjacent scale shapes overlap notes, and cover the entire 12-fret neck in 4-to-5 fret positions. This allows  1-finger-per-fret, with a slight position change in three of the 5 scale fingerings.

C Major scale, C form
C Major scale, C form
C Major scale, G form
C Major scale, G form
C Major scale, A form
C Major scale, A form
C Major scale, E form
C Major scale, E form
C Major scale, D form
C Major scale, D form

The CAGED method labels these scale fingerings by the major chord that resides in the middle of the scale shape. The above examples are based around the movable/barre chord versions of the open C, A, G, E, and D chords:


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