MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Elias Viljanen

Sonata Arctica

Elias Viljanen

Sonata Arctica have the accomplished guitarist
Elias Viljanen
(who is an Ibanez endorsee) to provide the cutting edge solos and super tight rhythm/riffs for their brand of hard rock music.

Elias Viljanen

Elias Viljanen (Sonata Arctica) - guitar solo [LIVE]

To become super-adept at improvised soloing in a Steve Vai, Joe Satriani or Elias Viljanen style it is very important that scale and arpeggio information can be assimilated and then instantly recalled at the approprate time. Hence a logical and systematic method is required to first map the information then learn it and finally put it to good practical use. Consequently the arpeggios presented below have been engineered in such a fashion that they fit perfectly within the 3 notes per string major scale box shapes first presented in BLOGoZON No. 10.

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CAGED octaves three notes per string guitar method - General

The main body of this website details the CAGED octaves memorisation method which works exceptionally well for the standard box shapes however modification is required for three notes per string patterns.

The three notes per string scale patterns (sweep picking) produce seven individual shapes which are known elsewhere as Patterns I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII.

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 method eliminates this problem.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the CAGED octaves shapes for use with the three notes per string patterns:-

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The roman numeral shape names and the CAGED octaves equivalents are listed for the MAJOR SCALE in the table that follows:-

Shape No.
CAGED octaves
I
6E4D2
II
4D2
III
5C2
IV
5A3
V
5A3G1
VI
6G3G1
VII
6E4E1

CAGED octaves - C major arpeggio 3 notes per string box shapes

The CAGED octaves method for C major arpeggio box shapes (three notes per string) on 6-string guitar now follows:-

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The 6-string guitar CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro 6 and the CAGED octaves styles:-

Guitar Pro 6 fingerboard

CAGED octaves C major 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 C major arpeggio are detailed below for the
6-string guitar in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all seven box shapes for the C major arpeggio (three notes per string) for the 6-string guitar in the CAGED octaves style.


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5C2

5A3

5A3G1

6G3G1

6E4E1

6E4D2

4D2

5C2 at 12


  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12



  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

5C2

5A3

5A3G1

6G3G1

6E4E1

6E4D2

4D2

5C2 at 12


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