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8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
C major scale box shapes

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major scale for 8-string guitar in Drop E (8) tuning.

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Below the BAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

BAGED octaves C natural

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The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's EBEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves styles:-

BAGED octaves fretboard C major scale notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales 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 BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fretboard C major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major scale in the BAGED octaves style.


8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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7B5B2 pdf
5A3 pdf
8G6G3G1 pdf
8E6E4E1 pdf
7D4D2 pdf
7B5B2 at 12 pdf

8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

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GuitarPro6 5A3

GuitarPro6 8G6G3G1

GuitarPro6 8E6E4E1

GuitarPro6 7D4D2

GuitarPro6 7B5B2 at 12


8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

7B5B2 box shape

5A3 box shape

8G6G3G1 box shape

8E6E4E1 box shape

7D4D2 box shape

7B5B2 box shape 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 - 7B5B2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes

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BAGED octaves C amjor scale box shapes pdf

C amjor scale box shapes TAB pdfC amjor scale box shapes TAB pdf


8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • Notes
  • Intervals

BAGED octaves fingerboards C major scale notes

BAGED octaves fingerboards C major scale intervals


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