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EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode : General

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

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

EDCAG octaves : standard octave shapes

The EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAGoctaves fingerboard : E natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : E natural octaves

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the E phrygian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the EDCAG octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

EDCAG octaves fingerboard E phrygian mode notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : E phrygian mode

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode

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 E phrygian mode are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG octaves fingerboard E phrygian mode intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
E phrygian mode in the EDCAG octaves style.


EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode : YouTube videos & pdf files

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EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 4Dm2 box shape pdf
EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 5Cm2 box shape pdf
EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 5Am3 box shape pdf
EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 box shape at 12  pdf

EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode : Box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 box shape at 12


EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode : Box shapes & TAB

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

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 box shape

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 4Dm2 box shape

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 5Cm2 box shape

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 5Am3 box shape

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode : 6Em4Em1 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 - 6Em4Em1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the EDCAG octaves chain-linked sequence for the E phrygian mode box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes

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EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes TAB pdfEDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes TAB pdf


EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode : Overall fretboard box shapes

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes : entire fretboard notes

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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