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BAGED octaves (Drop A : 7-string guitar)
C major blues scale : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major blues 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 blues scale notes plotted over the
7-string guitar's Drop A fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro7 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major blues scale notes

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

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major blues scale intervals

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


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

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

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

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

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 7A5A3 box shape

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BAGED octaves (7-string guitar : Drop A) C major blues 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 complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

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


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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