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A method for 4-string bass guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the bass guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : General

In BLOGoZON No.448 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio were presented using the
BAGED octaves methodology - this is the standard BAGED octaves guitar system.

BAGED octaves Drop A - 7 string guitar logo

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C major arpeggio, again, but with 3nps shapes
and join them all together to form one long BAGED octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the
three notes per string patterns for an 7-string guitar tuned to Drop A: AEADGBE :-

BAGED octaves 7-string Drop A 3nps logo

The conjoined BAGED octaves 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 arpeggio notes plotted over the
7-string guitar's Drop A: AEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves Drop A 7-string guitar fingerboard 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:-

BAGED octaves Drop A: 7-string guitar fingerboard C major arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven 3nps box shapes for the
C major arpeggio in the BAGED octaves style for Drop A tuning.


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7A5A3G1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf


BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 7A5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7A5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (7 string : Drop A) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 7A5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B3 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7A5A3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 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 - 7B5B2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the BAGED octaves 7-string : Drop A chain-linked sequence for the
C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB (Drop A: 7-string guitar)


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB (Drop A: 7-string guitar)

BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfBAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major scale (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

BAGED octaves (Drop A: 7-string guitar) C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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