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C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

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In BLOGoZON No.91 the box shapes for the C major blues scale were demonstrated but as with all scales there is an underlying triad (3 note chord) which defines that scales overall tonality. Usually this is either a major or minor chord (depending on the type of third present in the particular scale being analysed), however blues scales are special in this regard as they have an underlying 4-note chord. In the case of the C major blues scale the underlying 4-note chord is the major-minor which is the summation of both a major (1, 3, 5) and a minor (1, 3, 5) triad (with the 1 and the 5 being common to both chords).

The easiest example of the MAJOR-MINOR ARPEGGIO is rooted on C natural, hence the CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves C natural

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

CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio notes

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

CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the C major-minor arpeggio for the 6-string guitar in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

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