MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck

Dingwall ABZ Midnightburst 5/3 string, wenge neck


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
B locrian mode : General

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

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

CAGED octaves fingerboard : B natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : B natural octaves

GuitaPro6 B natural octaves

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

CAGED octaves fingerboard B locrian mode notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : B locrian mode

GuitarPro6 B locrian 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 B locrian mode are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves fingerboard B locrian mode intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
B locrian mode in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
B locrian mode : YouTube videos & pdf files

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CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 5C2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 5A3 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 6G3G1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 4D2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 5C2 box shape at 12 pdf

CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
C major scale : Box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5C2 box shape at 12


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
B locrian mode : Box shapes & TAB

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

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 5C2 box shape

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 5A3 box shape

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 6G3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 6E4E1 box shape

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves B locrian mode : 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 B locrian mode box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 B locrian mode box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

CAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

CAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes pdf

CAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfCAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


CAGED octaves (EADGBE : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
B locrian mode : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes : entire fretboard notes

CAGED octaves B locrian mode box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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