Octave Method for Drop D : 6-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios


Octave Method for Drop D: 6-String Guitar eBook

eBook: Octave Method for Drop D: 6-string guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop D : 6-string guitar based on a modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Book: Octave Method for Drop D: 6-String Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop D : 6-String Guitar based on an instrument specific modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio: General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major arpeggio for 6-string guitar in Drop D tuning.

CAGED octaves drop D logo

Below the CAGED octaves for drop D sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves drop D - C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's DADGBE fretboard in the CAGED octaves (drop D) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

CAGED octaves (Drop D) fretboard: C major arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 C 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 C major arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves (Drop D) fretboard: C major arpeggio intervals

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


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio: YouTube videos & pdf files

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CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 5A3 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 6D4D2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape pdf

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 6D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5C2 box shape at 12


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6D42
  • 5C2 at 12

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5A3 box shape

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6D4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5C2 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 - 5C2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (drop D) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major arpeggio (drop D) box shapes

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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C major arpeggio drop D box shapes pdf

C major arpeggio (Drop D) box shapes TAB pdfC major arpeggio (Drop D) box shapes TAB pdf


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves fretboard C major arpeggio notes

CAGED octaves fretboard C major arpeggio intervals


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