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C major scale box shapes

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major scale for 6-string guitar in Drop D tuning.

CAGED octaves drop D logo

Below the CAGED octaves for drop D sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves drop D - C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's DADGBE fretboard in the CAGED octaves (drop D) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

CAGED octaves drop D fretboard C major scale notes

GuitarPro6 C major scale

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 CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves drop D fretboard C major scale intervals

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


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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5C2 pdf
5A3 pdf
3G1 pdf
6E4E1 pdf
6D4D2 pdf
5C2 at 12 pdf

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 5C2

GuitarPro6 5A3

GuitarPro6 3G1

GuitarPro6 6E4E1

GuitarPro6 6D4D2

GuitarPro6 5C2 at 12


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6D42
  • 5C2 at 12

5C2 - C major scale box shape

5A3 - C major scale box shape

3G1 - C major scale box shape

6E4E1 - C major scale box shape

6D4D2 - C major scale box shape

5C2 at 12 - C major scale box shape


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 - 5C2 - 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 (drop D) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major scale (drop D) box shapes

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C major scale drop D box shapes pdf

C major scale drop D box shapes TAB pdfC major scale drop D box shapes TAB pdf


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale box shapes

CAGED octaves fretboard C major scale notes

CAGED octaves fretboard C major scale intervals


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