MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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A minor arpeggio box shapes (3 notes per string)

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This issue demonstrates A minor arpeggio box shapes that lie within the three notes per string (3nps)
A natural minor scale.

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The AGEDC octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and AGEDC octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the A natural minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio intervals

GuitarPro5 A minor arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all seven box shapes for the 3nps A natural minor scale in the
AGEDC octaves style.


AGEDC octaves - A minor arpeggio box shapes (3nps)

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  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1 at 12



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  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1 at 12

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6Em4Em1 box

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4Dm2 box

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5Am3 box

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