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6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

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

AGEDC octaves drop D logo

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

AGEDC octaves drop D fretboard A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

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

AGEDC octaves drop D fretboard A minor scale notes

GuitarPro6 A minor 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 A minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

AGEDC octaves drop D fretboard A minor scale intervals

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


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

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5Am3 pdf
3Gm1 pdf
6Em4Em1 pdf
6Dm4Dm2 pdf
5Cm2 pdf
5Am3 at 12 pdf

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Dm4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5Am3

GuitarPro6 3Gm1

GuitarPro6 6Em4Em1

GuitarPro6 6Dm4Dm2

GuitarPro6 5Cm2

GuitarPro6 5Am3 at 12


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Dm4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

5Am3 box

3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box

6Dm4Dm2 box

5Cm2 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 AGEDC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor scale drop D box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor scale drop D 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


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
A minor scale box shapes

AGEDC octaves A minorscale fretboard notes

AGEDC octaves A minorscale fretboard intervals


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