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EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.289 the box shapes for the E phrygian mode were presented using the EDCAG octaves methodology.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the E phrygian mode, again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long EDCAG octaves chain.

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

EDCAG 3nps octaves

The conjoined 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 seven box shapes for the
E phrygian mode in the EDCAG octaves style.


EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 4Dm2 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Cm2 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3Gm1 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape at 12 pdf


EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2 at 12

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape at 12


  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2 at 12

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 5Am3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 E phrygian mode 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 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 - 6Em4Dm2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the EDCAG octaves chain-linked sequence for the E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes

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EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes TAB pdfEDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes TAB pdf

EDCAG octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
E phrygian mode (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

EDCAG octaves E phrygian mode 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes


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