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.


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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CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major arpeggio and join them all together
for 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) to form one long CAGED octaves chain.

CAGED octaves Drop D logo

Below the 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE) 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 five of the CAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE).

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

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

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio

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 arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

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

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


CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio: YouTube videos & pdf files

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CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 5A3 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 6D4D2 box shape pdf
CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape at 12 pdf

CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5C2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 6D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio: 5C2 box shape at 12


CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 6D42
  • 5C2 at 12

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 5C2 box shape

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 5A3 box shape

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 3G1 box shape

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 6E4E1 box shape

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio : 6D4D2 box shape

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major 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 arpeggio box shapes.


CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : GuitarPro7 TAB


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio box shapes


CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes

The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C major arpeggio (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) box shapes

CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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C major arpeggio (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) box shapes

GuitarPro7 TAB : CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio box shapesGuitarPro7 TAB : CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio box shapes


CAGED octaves : 6-string guitar (Drop D - DADGBE)
C major arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio box shapes fretboard notes

CAGED octaves (6-string guitar : Drop D - DADGBE) C major arpeggio box shapes fretboard intervals


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