Octave Method for Drop D: 6-string guitar

Octave Method
for
Drop D
6-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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AGEDC octaves (Drop D : 6-string guitar standard tuning)
A minor blues scale : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the A minor blues 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 blues scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's DADGBE fretboard in the AGEDC octaves (Drop D) and GuitarPro7 styles:-

AGEDC octaves Drop D fretboard A minor blues scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor blues scale

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

AGEDC octaves Drop D fretboard A minor blues scale intervals

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


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

YouTube icon

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 3Gm1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 6Dm4Dm2
         box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape pdf

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

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

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 6Dm4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 fingerboard  A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape at 12


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

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

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 3Gm1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 6Em4Em1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 6Dm4Dm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 5Cm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale : 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 blues scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor blues scale Drop D box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor scale Drop D box shapes

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

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale box shapes pdf

A minor blues scale box shapes TAB pdfA minor blues scale box shapes TAB pdf


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

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale fretboard notes

AGEDC octaves A minor blues scale fretboard intervals


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