MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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A natural minor scale box shapes

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In BLOGoZON No.26 the individual box shapes for the A NATURAL MINOR SCALE were presented using
the CAGED octaves methodology.

In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes are revisited individually but they are also brought together in one exercise that covers every single shape chain-linked to cover the length of the neck.

The AGEDC octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

AGEDC octaves A natural minor note names

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 A natural minor scale are detailed below for the
6-string guitar in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

AGEDC octaves A natural minor scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the A natural minor scale for the 6-string guitar in the AGEDC octaves style.


6 string guitar - A natural minor scale box shapes

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5Am3 pdf
6Gm3Gm1 pdf
6Em4Em1 pdf
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5Am3 at 12 pdf

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


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

5Am3 box

6Gm3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box

4Dm2 box

5Cm2 box

5Am3 at 12 box


Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all five shapes should be linked together and played in one continuous exercise (with the first shape - 5Am3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the A natural minor scale box shapes.


The complete tab for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor scale box shape tab

A minor scale box shape tab


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor scale box shapes

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