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


CAGED octaves method for 6-string guitar

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Octave Method for Six String Guitar


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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Octave Method for 6-String Guitar


Fretboard navigation method for 6-string guitar based on an instrument specific 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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AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode): General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the A minor scale (aeolian mode) and join them all together for
6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE) to form one long AGEDC octaves chain.

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The diagram that follows shows all five of the AGEDC octaves shapes for use with
the standard patterns for 6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE).

AGEDC octaves : octave shapes

The AGEDC octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC octaves fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the AGEDC octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for 6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE) in standard tuning :-

AGEDC octaves : A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A minor scale (aeolian mode) notes plotted over
the 6-string guitar's fretboard in the AGEDC octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

AGEDC octaves fingerboard A minor scale (aeolian mode) notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale (aeolian mode)

GuitarPro6 A minor 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
A minor scale (aeolian mode) are detailed below in the AGEDC octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
A minor scale (aeolian mode) in the AGEDC octaves style.


AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Dm2 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Cm2 box shape pdf
AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3 box shape at 12 pdf

AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Am3 box shape at 12


AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3 at 12

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 5Am3 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 6Em4Em1 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 4Dm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 5Cm2 box shape

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (ionian mode) : 5Am3 box shape at 12


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 - 5Am3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

AGEDC octaves A minor scale box shapes

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AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aelian mode) box shapes pdf

GuitarPro7 TAB : AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdfGuitarPro7 TAB : AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf


AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode): Overall fretboard notes & intervals

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes : entire fretboard notes

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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