Octave Method for 6-string Guitar : Major Scales & Arpeggios


CAGED octaves method for 6-string guitar

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Fretboard navigation method for 6-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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Fretboard navigation method for 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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CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major-minor arpeggio and join them all together for
6-string guitar in standard tuning to form one long CAGED octaves chain.

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

CAGED octaves fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 c natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the CAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 6-string guitar in standard tuning :-

CAGED octaves : C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major-minor arpeggio notes plotted over
the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves style.

CAGED octaves fingerboard : C major-minor arpeggio notes

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-minor arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner.

CAGED octaves fingerboard : C major-minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
C major-minor arpeggio in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

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CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 box shape
CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 5A3 box shape
CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 6G3G1 box shape
CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape
CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 4D2 box shape
CAGED octaves C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 box shape at 12

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (6-string guitar : Standard tuning) C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 box shape at 12


CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 box shape

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 5A3 box shape

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 6G3G1 box shape

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 4D2 box shape

GED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE) C major-minor arpeggio : 5C2 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 - 5C2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major blues scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : C major-minor arpeggio box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major-minor arpeggio (6-string guitar: Standard tuning) box shapes

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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C major-minor arpeggio (6-string guitar: E standard tuning - EADGBE) box shapes

GuitarPro7 TAB : C major -minor arpeggio (6-string guitar: E standard tuning - EADGBE) box shapes pdfGuitarPro7 TAB : C major -minor arpeggio (6-string guitar: E standard tuning - EADGBE) box shapes pdf


CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
C major-minor arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar: E standard tuning - EADGBE) fingerboard C major-minor arpeggio notes pdf

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar: E standard tuning - EADGBE) fingerboard C major-minor arpeggio intervals pdf


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