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7 string guitar (AEADGBE - Drop A tuning)
C major scale box shapes

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major scale for 7-string guitar in Drop A tuning.

BAGED octaves drop A logo

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

BAGED octaves drop A fretboard C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's AEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves (drop A) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves drop A fingerboard C major scale

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 BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves drop A fingerboard 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 for drop A tuning.


7 string guitar (AEADGBE - Drop A tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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7B5B2 pdf
7A5A3 pdf
6G3G1 pdf
6E4E1 pdf
4D2 pdf
7B5B2 at 12 pdf

7 string guitar (AEADGBE - Drop A tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 7A5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 7B5B2

GuitarPro6 7A5A3

GuitarPro6 6G3G1

GuitarPro6 6E4E1

GuitarPro6 4D2

GuitarPro6 7B5B2 at 12


7 string guitar (AEADGBE - Drop A tuning)
C major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 7A5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

7B5B2 box

7A5A3 box

6G3G1 box

6E4E1 box

4D2 box

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

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale drop A box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major scale drop A box shapes

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C major scale 7-string drop A box shapes pdf

C major scale 7-string drop A box shapes TAB pdfC major scale 7-string drop A box shapes TAB pdf


7 string guitar (AEADGBE - Drop A tuning)
C major scale box shapes

BAGED octaves drop A fingerboard C major scale notes pdf

BAGED octaves drop A fingerboard C major scale intervals pdf


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