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A method for 4-string bass guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the bass guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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In BLOGoZON No.34 and BLOGoZON No.35 the C major scale and C major arpeggios were demonstrated using the CAGED4BASS memorisation method - designed specifically for the 4-string bass guitar.

In this BLOGoZON the A natural minor scale is introduced for the first time using a variation of the CAGED4BASS method called AGEDC4BASS.

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The next diagram details the AGEDC4BASS octave shapes for an A natural note:-

AGEDC4BASS octaves

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Providing the yang for the major scale's ying is the NATURAL MINOR SCALE - also lesser known as the AEOLIAN MODE.

The diagram that follows shows all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the entire fretboard for the 4-string bass guitar in the AGEDC4BASS style:-

AGEDC4BASS A minor scale

A more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios 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 natural minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDC4BASS manner:-

AGEDC4BASS A minor scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below detail all five box shapes for A natural minor scale in the AGEDC4BASS style.

AGEDC4BASS - A natural minor box shapes

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3Am1 at 12

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 box

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 box at fret 12

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