Octave Method for Drop E : 8-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios


Octave Method for Drop E: 8-String Guitar eBook

eBook: Octave Method for Drop E: 8-string guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop E : 8-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 E: 8-string guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop E : 8-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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BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C major blues scale for 8-string guitar in Drop E tuning.

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

BAGED octaves C natural fretboard

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 8-string guitar tuned to EBEADGBE :-

8-string Drop E octave shapes

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major blues scale notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's EBEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves Drop E : 8-string guitar and GuitarPro7 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major blues scale notes

GuitarPro7 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 E tuning.


BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale box shapes

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BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 5A3 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 8G6G3G1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 8E6E4E1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 7D4D2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves (8-string: Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 8E6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale box shapes

  • 7B5B2
  • 5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 5A3 box shape

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 8G6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 8E6E4E1 box shape

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) C major blues scale : 7D4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) 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 (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes

BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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C major blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes pdf

C major blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB pdfC major blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB pdf


BAGED octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
C major blues scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) fingerboard C major blues scale notes pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) fingerboard C major blues scale intervals pdf


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