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


Octave Method for Drop A: 7-String Guitar eBook

eBook: Octave Method for Drop A: 7-string guitar

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

Fretboard navigation method for Low F# : 8-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 major scale (ionian mode) : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major scale (ionian mode) for 7-string guitar in Drop A tuning.

BAGED octaves Drop A - 7 string guitar logo

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

BAGED octaves Drop A 7-string guitar fretboard C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

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

BAGED octaves Drop A 7-string guitar fingerboard C 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 major scale (ionian mode) are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves Drop A fingerboard C major scale intervals

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


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major scale (ionian mode) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

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

BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major scale (ionian mode) : Box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 7B5B2

GuitarPro6 7A5A3

GuitarPro6 6G3G1

GuitarPro6 6E4E1

GuitarPro6 4D2

GuitarPro6 7B5B2 at 12


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major scale (ionian mode) : Box shapes & TAB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

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


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

Drop A: 7 string guitar - C major scale box shapes

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

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

C major scale 7-string guitar Drop A box shapes pdf

C major scale 7-string guitar Drop A box shapes TAB pdfC major scale 7-string guitar Drop A box shapes TAB pdf


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

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

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) fingerboard C major scale intervals pdf


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