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Em(maj7) arpeggio box shapes

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This issue demonstrates the E MINOR MAJOR SEVENTH ARPEGGIO - Em(maj7) - this is the underlying arpeggio contained within the HARMONIC MINOR SCALE.

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 major seventh arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

EDCAG octaves Em(maj7) 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 major seventh arpeggio are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves Em(maj7) arpeggio intervals

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


EDCAG octaves - Em(maj7) arpeggio box shapes

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6Em4Em1 pdf
4Dm2 pdf
5Cm2 pdf
5Am3 pdf
6Gm3Gm1 pdf
6Em4Em1 at 12 pdf

An additional box shape is detailed for the Em(maj7) arpeggio - as the pattern that is played at fret twelve falls off the edge of the fingerboard - hence the modified fingering shown below in the tabbed panel. To the right is the box shape complete with gaps.

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6Em4Em1 pdf with gaps

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



  • 6Em4Em1 with gaps
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12

6Em4Em1 box with gaps

6Em4Em1 box

4Dm2 box

5Cm2 box

5Am3 box

6Gm3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box at 12


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