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


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AGEDB octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.259 the box shapes for the A minor arpeggio were presented using the AGEDB octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 7-string guitar.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the A minor arpeggio, again, but with the patterns contained within the 3nps minor scale shapes and join them all together to form one long AGEDB octaves chain.

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

AGEDB octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined AGEDB octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDB octaves A natural fingerboard

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 7-string guitar's BEADGBE fretboard in the AGEDB octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio entire fretboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor arpeggio

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 arpeggio are detailed below in the AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio entire fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor arpeggio in the
AGEDB octaves style for BEADGBE: standard 7-string tuning.


AGEDB octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

YouTube icon

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Dm2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Am3 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape at 12 pdf


AGEDB octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 7Bm5Bm2
  • 7Bm5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1:12

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape at 12


  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 7Bm5Bm2
  • 7Bm5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1:12

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Em1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Em4Dm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 7Bm5Am3 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Am3Gm1 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 - 5Am3Gm1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDB octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfAGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

AGEDB octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes :
Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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