Octave Method for Low B : 7-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios

Octave Method for 7-String Guitar (Low B)

eBook: Octave Method for 7-string Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for 7-string guitar based on a modification of the CAGED guitar method, using octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Book: Octave Method for Low B: 7-String Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 7-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 (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : General

In BLOGoZON No.478 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio
were presented using the BAGED octaves methodology -
this is the CAGED octaves guitar method adapted and improved for 7-string guitar (Low B).

BAGED octaves logo : 7-string guitar (Low B)

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 a 7-string guitar (Low B).

BAGED octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined BAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

BAGED octaves fretboard C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 7-string guitar (Low B).

C natural octaves (3nps) : 7-string guitar (Low B)

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over the
7-string guitar's BEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles.

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio entire fretboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio

GuitarPro6 C amjor arpeggio fingerboard

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 C major arpeggio entire fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven box shapes for the
C major arpeggio for 7-string guitar (Low B).


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : pdf

YouTube icon

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BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 7B5A3 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5A3G1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6G3G1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6E4D2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 7D4D2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 (3nps) pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes
YouTube videos

  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

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

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

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape

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


  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 7B5A3 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 5A3G1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 6G3G1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 6E4E1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 6E4D2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 7D4D2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio  : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 (3nps)


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 chain-linked sequence for the C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 C major arpeggio  box shapes (3nps) TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

BAGED octaves : 7-string guitar (BEADGBE: Low B tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

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BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfBAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

BAGED octaves (BEADGBE - standard 7 string guitar tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes :
Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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