Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios

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CAGED4BASS 4-String Bass Octave Method eBook

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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Book: Octave Method for Low E: 4-string bass

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 5-string bass 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 Low B : 5-String Bass Paper Book

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Donald "Duck" Dunn is best known as the bassist for STAX Records' house band Booker T and the MGs.

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The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues that relate to the CAGED4BASS and AGEDC4BASS memorisation method:-

CAGED4BASS - C major scale box shapes
CAGED4BASS - C major arpeggio box shapes
AGEDC4BASS - A natural minor scale box shapes
AGEDC4BASS - A minor arpeggio box shapes

This issue demonstrates the perfect scale to create bass-lines over major chords regardless of the musical context - PENTATONIC MAJOR

The easiest example of the pentatonic major scale is rooted on C natural, hence the C natural version of the CAGED4BASS sequence is shown in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS octave shapes

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The diagram that follows shows all of the C pentatonic major scale notes plotted over the entire fretboard for the 4-string bass guitar in the CAGED4BASS style:-

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major note names

Once again 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 C pentatonic major are detailed below in the CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale intervals

The table and tabbed panel below detail all five box shapes for an C pentatonic major in the CAGED4BASS style.

CAGED4BASS - C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

3C* box

3A1 box

4G1 box

4E2 box

2D* box

3C* box at fret 12

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