MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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C major blues scale box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.91 the individual box shapes for the C MAJOR BLUES 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.

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The easiest example of the MAJOR BLUES SCALE 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 blues scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves styles:-

CAGED octaves C major blues 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 major blues scale are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves C major blues scale intervals

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


CAGED octaves - C major blues scale box shapes

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

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


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

5C2 box

5A3 box

6G3G1 box

6E4E1 box

4D2 box

5C2 at12 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 - 5C2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major blues scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C amjor blues parchment tab


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major blues box shapes

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C major blues box shapes

C major blues scale box shapes TAB



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