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GEDCA octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
G major arpeggio (3 notes per string): General

In BLOGoZON No.299 the box shapes for the G major arpeggio were presented using the GEDCA octaves methodology - this is the standard CAGED octaves guitar system.

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

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

GEDCA octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined GEDCA octaves sequence is shown for G natural in the diagram that follows:-

GEDCA octaves fingerboard : G natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : G natural octaves

GuitarPro6 G natural octaves

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

GEDCA octaves fingerboard G major arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : G major arpeggio

GuitarPro6 G major 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 G major arpeggio are detailed below in the
GEDCA octaves manner:-

GEDCA octaves fingerboard G major arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes
for the G major arpeggio in the GEDCA octaves style.


GEDCA octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
G major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

YouTube icon

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5C2 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 (3nps) box shape pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 (3nps) box shape at 12 pdf


GEDCA octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

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

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape at 12


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

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5C2 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 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 - 6G3G1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the GEDCA octaves chain-linked sequence for the G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfGEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

GEDCA octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
G major arpeggio (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : entire fretboard notes

GEDCA octaves G major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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