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

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones is best known as both the provider of the low-end and co-founder of the ultimate English rock band Led Zeppelin.

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Alfred Music Publishing produce a transcription book - Led Zeppelin:Bass TAB Anthology - which contains all of John Paul's best work with the band.

John Paul Jones presently has strong links with Devonshire's luthier brothers the Mansons. However Led Zeppelin's material was largely played on a Fender Jazz as shown in the photograph below.

Fender Jazz bass


The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues that relate to the AGEDC4BASS methodology:-

A natural minor scale box shapes
A minor arpeggio box shapes
A pentatonic minor box shapes

This issue demonstrates the perfect scale to create bass-lines over minor or dominant seventh chords - especially in blues or blues-rock contexts - the BLUES scale.

The easiest example of the blues scale is rooted on A natural, hence the A natural version of the AGEDC4BASS octave sequence is shown in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC4BASS octaves

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

AGEDC4BASS 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 A blues scale are detailed below in the AGEDC4BASS manner:-

AGEDC4BASS intervals

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

AGEDC4BASS - A blues scale box shapes

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

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

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 box

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 box at fret 12

John Paul Jones

Hey, hey, baby when you walk that way....
watch your honey drip, can't keep away
....Zon Brookes

Led Zep IV

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