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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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) 3nps : General

In BLOGoZON No.567 the box shapes for the A minor scale (aeolian mode) were presented for
6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE) using the standard AGEDC octaves guitar system.

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In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the A minor scale (aeolian mode), again, but
with 3nps shapes and join them all together for 6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE)
to form one long AGEDC octaves chain.

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

AGEDC octaves 3nps logo

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 seven of the AGEDC octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 6-string guitar (E standard tuning - EADGBE).

AGEDC octaves : A natural octaves (3nps)

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 seven 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) 3nps : box shapes pdf

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AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Em4Dm2 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Dm2 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Cm2 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3 box shape pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape pdf (3nps)


AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) 3nps : YouTube videos

  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1 at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Am3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Em4Em1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Em4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Cm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Am3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Dm2 box shape at 12


  • 5Am3Gm1
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 6Em4Dm2
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 5Am3Gm1 at 12

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3Gm1 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Gm3Gm1 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Em4Em1 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 6Em4Dm2 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Dm2 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Cm2 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3 box shape (3nps)

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 5Am3Gm1 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 - 5Am3Gm1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps)


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDC octaves A minor scale 3nps box shapes

AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) 3nps
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

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AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf (3nps)

GuitarPro7 TAB : AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf (3nps)GuitarPro7 TAB : AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf (3nps)

AGEDC octaves (6-string guitar : E standard tuning - EADGBE)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) 3nps
Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps): fretboard notes

AGEDC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps): fretboard intervals


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