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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.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

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AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the A minor scale for 6-string guitar in Drop D tuning.

AGEDC octaves drop D logo

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

AGEDC octaves drop D fretboard A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's DADGBE fretboard in the AGEDC octaves (Drop D) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

AGEDC octaves drop D fretboard A minor arpeggio notes

GuitarPro7 A minor 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 A minor arpeggio are detailed below in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

AGEDC octaves Drop D fretboard A minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor arpeggio in the AGEDC octaves style for Drop D tuning.


AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio : YouTube videos & pdf files

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AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 3Gm1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Dm4Dm2 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape at 12 pdf

AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio box shapes : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5Am3
  • 3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Dm4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 6Dm4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape at 12


AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio box shapes : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5Am3
  • 3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Dm4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 3Gm1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Em4Em1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Dm4Dm1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Cm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Am3 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 - 5Am3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor arpeggio Drop D box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor arpeggio Drop D box shapes

AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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AGEDC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes pdf

A minor arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfA minor arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio box shapes : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDC octaves A minor scale fretboard notes

AGEDC octaves A minor scale fretboard intervals


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