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 arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.326 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio were presented using the
CAGED octaves methodology - this is the standard CAGED octaves guitar system.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C major arpeggio, 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 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 fingerboard : C major arpeggio

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
BAGED 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 Drop D style.


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

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Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

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

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

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

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape pdf

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

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

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

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


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

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

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio : 6D4D2 box shape

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio : 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 major arpeggio (Drop D) 3nps box shapes.

The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (Drop D) 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (Drop D) 3nps box shapes

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

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CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio box shapes pdf

CAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfCAGED octaves (Drop D) 3nps C major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf

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

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

CAGED octaves (Drop D) C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes : fretboard interval


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