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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AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale : General

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

AGEDB octaves: Drop E 8-string logo

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

AGEDB octaves: A natural fingerboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard: A natural

The diagram that follows shows all five of the AGEDB 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 A minor blues scale notes plotted over the
8-string guitar's EBEADGBE fretboard in the AGEDB octaves and GuitarPro7 styles:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor blues scale notes

GuitarPro7 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 AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor blues scale intervals

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


AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale box shapes

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AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Gm6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Em6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape at 12 pdf

AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 8Gm6Gm3Gm1
  • 8Em6Em4Em1
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 7Bm5Bm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Gm6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Em6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape

GuitarPro7 (8 string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape at 12


AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale box shapes

  • 5Am3
  • 8Gm6Gm3Gm1
  • 8Em6Em4Em1
  • 7Dm4Dm2
  • 7Bm5Bm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 5Am3 box shape

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Gm6Gm4Em1 box shape

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 8Em6Em4Em1 box shape

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Dm4Dm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) A minor blues scale : 7Bm5Bm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E) 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 complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor blues scale(8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes

AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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A minor blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes pdf

A minor blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB pdfA minor blues scale (8-string guitar: Drop E) box shapes TAB pdf


AGEDB octaves (Drop E : 8-string guitar)
A minor blues scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) fingerboard A minor blues scale notes pdf

AGEDB octaves (8-string guitar: Drop E) fingerboard A minor blues scale intervals pdf


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