Octave Method for Drop D: 6-string guitar

Octave Method
for
Low B
7-String Guitar

A method for Drop D: 6-string guitar using linked octave shapes.
Enables systematic navigation of the
Drop D: 6-string guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale/arpeggio box shapes.

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Octave Method for Drop D: 6-string guitar


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6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.327 the box shapes for the C ionian mode (major scale) were presented using the
CAGED octaves methodology - this is the standard CAGED octaves guitar system.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C ionian mode (major scale), again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long CAGED octaves chain.

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

CAGED octaves : Drop D 3nps octave shapes

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

CAGED octaves drop D - C natural

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale 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 scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C ionian mode (major scale)

GuitarPro6 C major scale

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 ionian mode (major scale) are detailed below in the
BAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves drop D fretboard C major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
C ionian mode (major scale) in the CAGED octaves Drop D style.


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale (3nps) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3G1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 3G1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6D4D2 box shape pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape at 12 pdf


6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale (3nps) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape at 12


  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 5C2 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 5A3 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 5A3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 6E4E1 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 6E4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 6D4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major scale : 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 Drop D chain-linked sequence for the C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes.

The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

C ionian mode (major scale) (Drop D) 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale (drop D) 3nps box shapes

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale (3nps) : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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AGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdfCAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdf

6 string guitar (DADGBE - Drop D tuning)
C major scale (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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