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DCAGE octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
D minor arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the D minor arpeggio box shapes and join them all together for
6-string guitar in standard EADGBE tuning to form one long DCAGE octaves chain.

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The diagram that follows shows all five of the DCAGE octaves shapes for use with
the standard patterns for a 6-string guitar tuned to EADGBE :-

DCAGE octaves : octave shapes

The DCAGE octaves sequence is shown for D natural in the diagram that follows:-

DCAGE octaves fingerboard : D natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : D natural octaves

GuitarPro6 D natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the D minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the DCAGE octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

DCAGE octaves fingerboard D minor arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : D minor arpeggio

GuitarPro6 D 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 D minor arpeggio are detailed below in the DCAGE octaves manner:-

DCAGE octaves fingerboard D minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
D minor arpeggio in the DCAGE octaves style.


DCAGE octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
D minor arpeggio : YouTube videos & pdf files

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DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 box shape pdf
DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape pdf
DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape pdf
DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 box shape at 12 pdf

DCAGE octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
D minor arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 box shape at 12


DCAGE octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
D minor arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 box shape

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio : 4Dm2 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 - 4Dm2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the DCAGE octaves chain-linked sequence for the D minor arpeggio box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 D minor arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes

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DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes pdf

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfDCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


DCAGE octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
D minor arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard notes

DCAGE octaves D minor arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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