Octave Method for 7-String Guitar

Octave Method
for
Low B
7-String Guitar

A method for 7-string guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the 7-string guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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Octave Method for 7-String Guitar


Schecter Helraiser Hybrid C-7

Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid C7


7-string guitar (BEADGBE : standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C octatonic major-minor scale for 7-string guitar in standard tuning.

BAGEd octaves logo

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

BAGED octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C octatonic major-minor scale notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's BEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves C octatonic major-minor scale notes

NOTE No.1:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboards that follow show both E's and B's enharmonic equivalent spellings of D and A ( the augmented sixth interval name rather than the minor seventh and the augmented third interval name rather than the perfect fourth;) used elsewhere on this page.

GuitarPro6 C major-minor octatonic scale

NOTE No.2:- The C octatonic major-minor scale is also the fifth mode of the F bebop dominant scale hence the F natural is highlighted in the diagram above (rather than C natural the true root note) as GuitarPro6 does not display these modes correctly.

NOTE No.3:- The C octatonic major-minor scale is an amalgamation of the C pentatonic major and
C pentatonic minor scales; GuitarPro6 diagrams of both follow:-

GuitarPro6 C pentatonic major scale

GuitarPro6 c pentatonic minor 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 octatonic major-minor scale are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves C octatonic major-minor scale intervals

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


7-string guitar (BEADGBE : standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Box shape pdf files

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Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

C octatonic major-minor scale 7B5B2 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 5A3 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 6G3G1 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 6E4E1 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 7D4D2 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf

7-string guitar (BEADGBE : standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : YouTube box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C octatonic major-minor scale 7B5B2 box shape at 12


7-string guitar (BEADGBE : standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

C octatonic major-minor scale 7B5B2 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 5A3 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 6G3G1 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 6E4E1 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 7D4D2 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 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 octatonic major-minor scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C octatonic major-monr scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C octatonic major-monr scale box shapes

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes pdf

C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes TAB pdfC octatonic major-minor scale box shapes TAB pdf


7-string guitar (BEADGBE : standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes notes

BAGED octaves C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes intervals


Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid C7

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