Octave Method for 8-String Guitar (Low F#)
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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Fretboard navigation method for 8-string guitar (Low F# tuning) 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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Fretboard navigation method for Low F# : 8-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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BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar (Low F#)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : General

In BLOGoZON No.486 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio were presented using the
BAF#GED octaves methodology - this is the standard BAF#GED octaves guitar system.

BAF#GED octaves 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 BAF#GED octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAF#GED octaves shapes for use with the
three notes per string patterns for an 8-string guitar tuned to F#BEADGBE :-

BAF#GED octaves : Octave shapes 3nps

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

BAF#GED octaves C natural fretboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAF#GED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 8-string guitar (Low F#) :-

BAF#GED octaves : C natural octaves (3nps)

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over
the 8-string guitar's (Low F#) fretboard in the BAF#GED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAF#GED octaves fretboard 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 BAF#GED octaves manner:-

BAF#GED octaves fingerboard C major arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
C major arpeggio for 8-string guitar (Low F#).


BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar (Low F#)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8A5A3G1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8F#6G3G1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8F#6E4E1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves  C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape at 12 pdf


BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar (Low F#)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 7B5A3
  • 8A5A3G1
  • 8F#6G3G1
  • 8F#6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3 at 12

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 7B5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 8A5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 8F#6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 8F#6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C major arpeggio : 7B5A3 box shape at 12


  • 7B5A3
  • 8A5A3G1
  • 8F#6G3G1
  • 8F#6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3 at 12

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8A5A3G1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8F#6G3G1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 8F#6E4E1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6E4D2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7D4D2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5B2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 7B5A3 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 - 7B5A3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).


The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

C major arpeggio (8-string guitar : Low F#) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar (Low F#)
C major scale (3nps) : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

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BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdfBAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar (Low F#)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

BAF#GED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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