Octave Method for Low B : 7-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios

Octave Method for 7-String Guitar (Low B)

eBook: Octave Method for 7-string Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for 7-string guitar based on a modification of the CAGED guitar method, using octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Book: Octave Method for Low B: 7-String Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 7-String Guitar based on an instrument specific modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Carvin Kiesel Edition 7-string

Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

Jeff Kiesel plus Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

Jeff Kiesel plus Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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

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Below 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 major scale notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's BEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves C major scale entire fretboard notes

GuitarPro6 C amjor 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 C major scale entire fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major scale in the BAGED octaves style for BEADGBE: standard 7-string tuning.


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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BAGED octaves C major scale : 7B5B2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 5A3 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 6G3G1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 7D4D2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major scale box shapes

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

BAGED octaves C major scale : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 5A3 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 6E4E1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 7D4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major 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 major scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes

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BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfBAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major scale box shapes

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


Carvin Kiesel edition 7-string

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