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 : 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : General

In BLOGoZON No.500 the box shapes for the C major scale (ionian mode) were presented for
8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE) using the standard BAGED octaves guitar system for Drop E.

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major scale (ionian mode), again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together for 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE) to form one long BAGED octaves chain.

BAGED octaves logo : 7-string guitar (Drop A: AEADGBE)

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the octave shapes used with the
three notes per string patterns for Drop E : 8-string guitar.

BAGED octaves : Octave shapes 3nps

Below the C natural octave sequence is shown for 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE).

C natural octaves (8-string guitar : Drop A - AEADGBE) BAGED octaves fretboard

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
3nps box shapes for a 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE).

8-String Guitar (Drop E - AEADGBE) : C natural octaves (3nps)

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale (ionian mode) notes plotted over the
8-string guitar's (Drop E - EBEADGBE) fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE) : BAGED 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 BAGED octaves manner:-

8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE) : 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 BAGED octaves style.


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5A3 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 5A3G1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8G5G3G1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8E6E4E1 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8E6E4D2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7D4D2 box shape (3nps) pdf

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps) pdf


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 8E6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5A3 box shape

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

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8G6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8E6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8E6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3
  • 5A3G1
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 8E6E4E1
  • 8E6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5A3 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 5A3G1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8G6G3G1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8E6E4E1 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 8E6E4D2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7D4D2 box shape (3nps)

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : 7B5B2 box shape (3nps)


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:-

GuitarPro7 (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) TAB - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes (3nps) pdf

GuitarPro7 (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) TAB - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes pdfGuitarPro7 (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) TAB - C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar (Drop E - EBEADGBE)
C major scale (ionian mode) 3nps
Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : fretboard notes

BAGED octaves (8-string guitar : Drop E - EBEADGBE) C major scale (ionian mode) : fretboard intervals


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