Octave Method for Drop D : 6-String Guitar
Major Scales & Arpeggios


Octave Method for Drop D: 6-String Guitar eBook

eBook: Octave Method for Drop D: 6-string guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop D : 6-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 D: 6-String Guitar

Fretboard navigation method for Drop D : 6-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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6-string guitar (Drop D : DADGBE tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : General

In BLOGoZON No.492 the box shapes for the C major scale (ionian mode) were presented for
6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) using the standard CAGED octaves guitar system for Drop D.

CAGED octaves Drop D logo

In this BLOGoZON we look again at the C major scale (ionian mode), but with 3nps shapes and
join them all together to form one long Drop D : CAGED octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the octave shapes used with the
three notes per string patterns for Drop D : 6-string guitar.

CAGED octaves : Drop D 3nps octave shapes

The conjoined Drop D : CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows.

CAGED octaves Drop D - C natural octaves fretboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the Drop D : CAGED octaves shapes for use with the
3nps box shapes for a 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE).

6-String Guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) : C natural 3nps octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale (ionian mode) notes plotted over the
6-string guitar's (Drop D - DADGBE) fretboard in the CAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode)fretboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major scale (ionian mode)

GuitarPro6 C major 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 scale (ionian mode) are detailed below in the Drop D : CAGED octaves manner.

6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode)fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven box shapes for the 3nps
C major scale (ionian mode) in the Drop D : CAGED octaves style.


6-string guitar (Drop D : DADGBE tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : YouTube videos & pdf files

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Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3G1 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 3G1 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 6D4D2 box shape pdf (3nps)

Drop D: CAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape at 12 pdf (3nps)


6-string guitar (Drop D : DADGBE tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (Drop D) 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 5C2 box shape at 12


  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 6D4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5C2 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5A3 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5A3G1 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 3G1 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6E4E1 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6E4D2 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6D4D2 box shape (3nps)

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 3G1 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 - 5C2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves Drop D chain-linked sequence for the C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes.

The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes (3nps)


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale (drop D) 3nps box shapes

6-string guitar (Drop D : DADGBE tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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Drop D : CAGED octaves - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes pdf

Drop D : CAGED octaves C major scale ( ionian mode) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdfDrop D : CAGED octaves C major scale ( ionian mode) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

6-string guitar (Drop D : DADGBE tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : Overall fretboard box shapes

Drop D : CAGED octaves - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes (3nps) : fretboard notes

Drop D : CAGED octaves - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes (3nps) : fretboard intervals


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