MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Doc Powell

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As a young, struggling musician in New York City, Doc Powell was handpicked to go to Italy and record an album for an unknown group called Change. The group’s lead vocalist was a talented jingle singer named Luther Vandross. The meeting between Powell and Vandross catapulted Powell into a relationship that would span over 15 years, performing on stages all over the world and playing live on recordings of some of Vandross' biggest hits, such as; Give Me The Reason;
Busy Body; Forever, For Always, For Love and mega hit
Stop To Love (with Powell’s infamous rock guitar solo). Powell also performed with Vandross on his 10-day sold-out, record breaking performances at Wembley Stadium in 1989.

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B diminished arpeggio box shapes

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

CAGED octaves B natural

GuitarPro6 B natural octaves

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

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

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio

CAGED octaves B diminished arpeggio 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 B diminished arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves B diminished arpeggio intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the B diminished arpeggio for the 6-string guitar in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves - B diminished arpeggio box shapes

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

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

GuitarPro6 5Cm2

GuitarPro6 5Am3

GuitarPro6 6Gm3Gm1

GuitarPro6 6Em4Em1

GuitarPro6 4Dm2

GuitarPro6 5Cm2 at 12


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

5Cm2 box

5Am3 box

6Gm3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box

4Dm2 box

5Cm2 at 12 pdf


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 - 5Cm2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the B diminished arpeggio box shapes.


The complete tab for the previous exercise follows:-

B diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

B diminished arpeggio box shapes

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B diminished arpeggio box shapes pdf

B diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB


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