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Rusty Cooley uses both 7 (tuned BEADGBE) and 8-string (tuned BEADGBEA) guitars for super-fast shredding.

Dean RC8 demo

Prelude to Madness

Rusty Cooley describes his new Dean RC8

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Dean produce the Signature series RC7G and the RC8 (above) is in pre-production.

Conklin 8 string


C major scale box shapes for 8 string guitar - High A tuning

The disguised CAGED octaves method for the C major scale on 8-string guitar (high A tuning) now follows:-

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The 8-string guitar CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

ZZZZZ octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

ZZZZZ octaves C major scale 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 scale are detailed below for the 8-string guitar in the CAGED octaves manner:-

ZZZZZ octaves C major scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the C major scale for the 8-string guitar in the CAGED octaves style.


8 string guitar - C major scale box shapes ( High A tuning)

String No.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Tuning

A

E

B

G

D

A

E

B

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