MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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A minor blues scale box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.13 the individual box shapes for the A MINOR BLUES SCALE were presented using
the AGEDC 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 A minor blues scale is rooted on A natural, hence the AGEDC octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC octaves logo

This issue demonstrates the BLUES SCALE - sometimes confused with the pentatonic minor scale (which forms five sixths of the scale, the remaining note being the DIMINISHED FIFTH - flat five - 5).

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 blues scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

NOTE:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboard shows E's enharmonic equivalent spelling D (the augmented fourth interval name rather than the diminished fifth used elsewhere on this page).

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

AGEDC octaves A blues intervals

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


6 string guitar - A minor blues scale box shapes

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

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


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

5Am3

6Gm3Gm1

6Em4Em1

4Dm2

5Cm2

5Am3 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 AGEDC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor blues scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor blues TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor blues box shapes

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A minor blues box shapes

A minor blues scale box shape TAB


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