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CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.277 the box shapes for the C major scale were presented using the CAGED octaves methodology - this is the standard CAGED octaves guitar system.

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

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the CAGED octaves shapes for use with the three notes per string patterns for a 6-string guitar tuned to EADGBE :-

CAGED octaves 3nps logo

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

CAGED octaves fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitaPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

CAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale notes

GuitarPro6 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 CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

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


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5C2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5A3 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5A3G1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6G3G1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6E4E1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4D2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5C2 box shape  at 12 pdf


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5C2 box shape at 12


  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5C2 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5A3 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5A3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6G3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6E4E1 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 6E4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5C2 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 - 5C2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major scale 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes

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CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes pdf

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdfCAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdf

CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
C major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

CAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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