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Last updated on 8 October, 2016

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MEMORISATION OF THE 3 NOTES PER STRING NATURAL MINOR SCALE BOX SHAPES FOR 6-STRING GUITAR

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Can the CAGED octaves methodology be adapted without compromise for use with the seven box shapes that form the 3 notes per string natural minor scale patterns ?


These shapes cannot be classified with the conventional CAGED guitar system as they are hybrid shapes that sit across more than one letter of the word CAGED at a time, however the CAGED octaves methodology eliminates this problem.

The generally accepted shape names for the three notes per string natural minor scales are listed below with their CAGED octaves equivalent :-

Pattern number
CAGED octaves
 
III
5Cm2
 
IV
5Am3
 
V
5Am3Gm1
 
VI
6Gm3Gm1
 
VII
6Em4Em1
 
I
6Em4Dm2
 
II
4Dm2
 


The D natural minor scale will be used to illustrate the CAGED octaves method for the 3 notes per string box shape patterns - the D natural minor scale note names and intervals are shown for the entire guitar fretboard in the diagrams that follow.

D natural minor scale and intervals

Click on the bullet points below to move to each CAGED octaves three notes per string shape in detail.

 

DCAGE fretboard

4Dm2 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 4Dm2

    4Dm2 fretboard

    4Dm2 tab
    5Cm2 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 5Cm2

    5Cm2 fretboard

    5Cm2 tab - 3 notes per string
    5Am3 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 5Am3

    5Am3 fretboard

    5Am3 tab 3 notes per string
    5Am3Gm1 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 5Am3Gm1

    5Am3Gm1 fretboard

    5Am3Gm1 tab
    6Gm3Gm1 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 6Gm3Gm1

    6Gm3Gm1 fretboard

    6Gm3Gm1 tab
    6Em4Em1 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 6Em4Em1

    6Em4Em1 fretboard

    6Em4Em1 tab
    6Em4Dm2 box shape - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 6Em4Dm2

    6Em4Dm1 fretboard

    6Em4Dm2 tab
    4Dm2 box shape at fret 12 - D natural minor (3 notes per string)

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  • 4Dm2 at 12

    4Dm2 at 12 fretboard

    4Dm2 at fret 12 tab

     

    So all you shredders out there in guitar-land you can now have fun with the three notes per string scales and understand where to locate them on the fingerboard - Oh joy of joys.

    Have fun - see you next BLOGoZON.

     

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