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8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

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

AGEDB octaves Drop E logo

Below the AGEDB octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDB octaves Drop E A natural octaves

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

AGEDB octaves fretboard A minor 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 A minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves fretboard A minor scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor scale in the AGEDB octaves style.


8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

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5Am3 pdf
8Gm6Gm3Gm1 pdf
8Em6Em4Em1 pdf
7Dm4Dm2 pdf
7Bm5Bm2 pdf
5Am3 at 12 pdf

8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 8Gm6Gm3Gm1
  • 8Em6Em4Em1
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 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)
A minor scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 8Gm6Gm3Gm1
  • 8Em6Em4Em1
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 7Bm5Bm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

5Am3 box

8Gm6Gm3Gm1 box

8Em6Em4Em1 box

7Dm5Dm2 box

7Bm5Bm2 box

5Am3 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 - 5Am3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDB 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


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor scale box shapes

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A minor scale box shapes pdf

A minor scale box shapes TAB pdfA minor scale box shapes TAB pdf


8 string guitar (EBEADGBE - Drop E8 tuning)
A minor scale box shapes - entire fretboard

AGEDB octaves fretboard A minor scale notes

AGEDB octaves fretboard A minor scale intervals


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