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Em7 arpeggio box shapes (3 notes per string)

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The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues where the ARPEGGIO BOX SHAPES contained within the THREE NOTES PER STRING scale shapes have been detailed:-

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BLOGoZON ISSUE No.
ACRONYM
ARPEGGIO NAME
CAGED
C major
AGEDC
A minor
EDCAG
E minor

This issue demonstrates the E MINOR SEVENTH ARPEGGIO (3 NOTES PER STRING) - Em7.

The EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG octaves E natural

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the E minor seventh arpeggio notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's

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

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EDCAG octaves Em7 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 E minor seventh arpeggio are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves Em7 arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the E minor seventh arpeggio in the
EDCAG octaves style.


EDCAG octaves - Em7 arpeggio box shapes (3 notes per string)

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