Octave Method for 7-String Guitar

Octave Method
for
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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


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BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.255 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio were presented using the BAGED octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 7-string guitar.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C major arpeggio, again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long BAGED octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the three notes per string patterns for a 7-string guitar tuned to BEADGBE :-

BAGED octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined 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 arpeggio notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's BEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio entire fretboard notes

GuitarPro6 C amjor arpeggio fingerboard

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 arpeggio are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio entire fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major arpeggio (3nps) in the
BAGED octaves style for BEADGBE: standard 7-string tuning.


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes
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  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all seven 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 arpeggio 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

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BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfBAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes :
Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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