Octave Method for Drop A : 7-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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Octave Method for Seven String Drop A Guitar


Fretboard navigation method for Drop A :
7-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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Octave Method for Drop A : 7-String Guitar


Fretboard navigation method for Drop A :
7-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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BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C pentatonic major scale for 7-string guitar in Drop A tuning.

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Below the BAGED octaves for Drop A sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

BAGED octaves drop A fretboard C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 7-string guitar tuned to AEADGBE :-

7-string Drop A octave shapes

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's AEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves (Drop A) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C pentatonic major scale notes

GuitarPro6 C pentatonic 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 pentatonic major scale are detailed below in the
BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C pentatonic major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C pentatonic major scale in the
BAGED octaves style for Drop E tuning.


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7A5A3 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6G3G1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 4D2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 7A5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7A5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 7A5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7A5A3 box shape

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 6E4E1 box shape

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves (7-string : Drop A) C pentatonic major scale : 7B5B2 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 - 7B5B2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the BAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C pentatonic major scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C pentatonic major scale (7-string guitar: Drop A) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C pentatonic major scale (7-string: Drop A) box shapes

BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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C pentatonic major scale (7-string: Drop A) box shapes pdf

C pentatonic major scale (7-string: Drop A) box shapes TAB pdfC pentatonic major scale (7-string: Drop A) box shapes TAB pdf


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C pentatonic major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) fingerboard C pentatonic major scale notes pdf

BAGED octaves (7-string: Drop A) fingerboard C pentatonic major scale notes pdf


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