MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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A aeolian mode box shapes

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In BLOGoZON No.26 the individual box shapes for the A AEOLIAN MODE were presented using
the CAGED octaves methodology.

In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes for the A aeolian mode are revisited but this time the undelying
3-note chord/arpeggio is presented i.e. A minor.

The easiest example of the aeolian mode is rooted on A natural - as it is really the C major scale re-arranged so that it starts with the sixth note (A) rather than the first (C).

Hence 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 aeolian mode 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 aeolian mode 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 aeolian mode for the 6-string guitar in the AGEDC octaves style.


6 string guitar - A aeolian mode box shapes

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A aeolian mode 5Am3 box shape pdf
A aeolian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
A aeolian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
A aeolian mode 4Dm2 box shape pdf
A aeolian mode 5Cm2 box shape pdf
A aeolian mode 5Am3 box shape at fret 12

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


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

A aeolian mode 5Am3 box shape

A aeolian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

A aeolian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape

A aeolian mode 4Dm2 box shape

A aeolian mode 5Cm2 box shape

A aeolian mode 5Am3 box shape at fret 12



A minor arpeggio box shapes

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

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

AGEDC Am arpeggio 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 arpeggio are detailed below for the
6-string guitar in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

AGEDC Am arpeggio intervals

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


6 string guitar - A minor arpeggio box shapes

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

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


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

5Am3 box shape

6Gm3Gm1 box shape

6Em4Em1 box shape

4Dm2 box shape

5Cm2 box shape

5Am3 box shape at fret 12


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