Octave Method for 7-String Guitar

Octave Method
for
Low B
7-String Guitar

A method for 7-string guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the 7-string guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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SCALES & ARPEGGIOS
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Ben Savage is the ESP LTD BS-7 equipped 7-string guitarist for metal band Whitechapel.

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A natural minor scale box shapes for 7 string guitar

The disguised CAGED octaves method for the A natural minor scale on 7-string guitar now follows:-

ZZZZZ octaves logo

The 7-string guitar CAGED octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

ZZZZZ octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's

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

Guitar Pro 6 fingerboard

ZZZZZ octaves A natural minor 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 A natural minor scale are detailed below for the 7-string guitar in the CAGED octaves manner:-

ZZZZZ octaves A natural minor scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the A natural minor scale for the 7-string guitar in the CAGED octaves style.


7-string guitar C major scale box shapes

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A natural minor scale 5Zm3 box shape pdf
A natural minor scale 6Zm3Zm1 box shape pdf
A natural minor scale 6Zm4Zm1 box shape pdf
A natural minor scale 7Zm4Zm2 box shape pdf
A natural minor scale 7Zm5Zm2 box shape pdf
A natural minor scale 5Zm3 box shape at fret 12

  • 5Zm3
  • 6Zm3Zm1
  • 6Zm4Zm1
  • 7Zm4Zm2
  • 7Zm5Zm2
  • 5Zm3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5Zm3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Zm3Zm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Zm4Zm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 7Zm4Zm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 7Zm5Zm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Zm3 box shape at 12


  • 5Zm3
  • 6Zm3Zm1
  • 6Zm4Zm1
  • 7Zm4Zm2
  • 7Zm5Zm2
  • 5Zm3 at 12

A natural minor scale 5Zm3 box shape

A natural minor scale 6Zm3Zm1 box shape

A natural minor scale 6Zm4Zm1 box shape

A natural minor scale 7Zm4Zm2 box shape

A natural minor scale 7Zm5Zm2 box shape

A natural minor scale 5Zm3 box shape at fret 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 - 7Z5Z2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor scale box shapes TAB parchment


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor scale box shapes

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A minor scale box shapes pdf

A minor scale box shapes TAB pdf


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The night remains
..............Zon Brookes

Whitechapel


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