MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Merle Travis

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Merle Travis has the syncopated finger-picking style known as Travis picking named after him.

Nine Pound Hammer

John Henry

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Too Much Sugar For A Dime

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C pentatonic major scale box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.12 the individual box shapes for the C PENTATONIC MAJOR 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 together to cover the length of the neck.

The easiest example of the C pentatonic major scale is rooted on C natural, hence the CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

C natural CAGED octaves

GuitarPro6 c natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the C pentatonic major scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

CAGED octaves c pentatonic major scale 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 pentatonic major scale are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves C pantatonic major  scale intervals

All scales have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their tonality.

In the case of the C pentatonic major scale this the C major arpeggio - hence the notes for an C major triad are shown the CAGED octaves style in the next diagram.

C arpeggio notes

Similarly the intervals forming a C major arpeggio are shown next:-

C arpeggio intervals

The C major arpeggio box shapes are explored in detail in BLOGoZON No.28.

The table and tabbed panel below detail all five box shapes for the C pentatonic major scale in the
CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves - C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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5C2
5A3
6G3G1
6E4E1
4D2
5C2 at 12

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12


  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

5C2

5A3

6G3G1

6E4E1

4D2

5C2 at 12


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 pentatonic major scale box shapes.


The complete tab for the previous exercise follows:-

C pentatonic major scale box shapes tab


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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C pentatonic major scale box shapes

C pentatonic major scale box shapes tab


Merle Travis

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