Adam "Nolly" Getgood

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Adam "Nolly" Getgood is the 7-string guitarist with Bristol based band Red Seas Fire.

Adam Nolly Getgood

ViK Duality 7 metal test

ViK Duality 7 clean test

Blotted Science - Synaptic Plasticity

Cover of Per Nilsson's solo on The Illusionist, by Scar Symmetry

ViK guitars Duality 7 Adam Nolly's CS demo

Nolly and Bulb jamming with ViKs

Nolly's ViK Duality 7

ViK Duality7 headstock

So you want to learn how to play 7-string guitar but you don't have enough readies to go and buy one.

Well fear not boys and girls because Zon Brookes always has a work-around solution under these types of circumstances.

Get yourself an old 6-string electric guitar with a Strat scale length i.e. 25.5" and a new set of 13 gauge strings.

The C major scale is shown below on the GuitarPro6 fingerboard for 7-string guitar with a low B string:-

GuitarPro6 7-string guitar C major scale

A standard 6-string electric guitar represents strings 1 to 6 of the previous 7-string; as shown in the next GuitarPro6 fingerboard:-

GuitarPro6 6-string guiatr C major scale

Instead of tuning your 6-string EADGBE why not tune it BEADGB which represents strings 2 to 7 of the previous 7 string?

The C major scale is shown below on the GuitarPro6 fingerboard for a 6-string guitar tuned BEADGB:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale

Won't a 25.5" scale length be too short?.... I hear the purveyor's of all guitar wisdom cry from afar.

Well follow this link to check out the specifications of the Ibanez UV777 to quell any fears you may have on this front - scale length of 25.5" I do believe.

Again the guitar-wise are shouting the strings will be too slack.

This is where the 13 gauge strings come in useful and if you want to do a full string tension calculation check then follow this link to the D'Addario strings design chart (very useful for this precise purpose).

So to quote those of an American persuasion y'all set.

C major scale box shapes for BEADGB tuned 6 string guitar

ZZZZZ octaves logo

This issue demonstrates the C MAJOR SCALE box shape for 6-string guitar tuned to BEADGB with the all important orange letters omitted.

The CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

ZZZZZ octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard

(tuned to BEADGB) in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale

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

ZZZZZ octaves C major sclae intervals

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

6-string bass C major scale box shapes

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6Z4Z1 pdf
4Z2 pdf
5Z2 pdf
5Z3 pdf
6Z3Z1 pdf
6Z4Z1 at 12 pdf

  • 6Z4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3
  • 6Z3Z1
  • 6Z4Z1 at 12

GuitarPro6 6Z4Z1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Z3Z1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Z4Z1 box shape at 12

  • 6Z4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3
  • 6Z3Z1
  • 6Z4Z1 at 12

6Z4Z1 box

4Z2 box

5Z2 box

5Z3 box

6Z3Z1 box

6Z4Z1 box 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 - 6Z4Z1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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

The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale TAB

The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major scale box shapes

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C major scale box shapes pdf

C major scale box shapes TABC major scale box shapes TAB

Nolly and his ViK Duality 7

Cipher....Zon Brookes

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