CAGED4BASS front cover

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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CAGED4BASS - Csus2 arpeggio box shapes


The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues that relate to the CAGED4BASS methodology:-

C major scale box shapes
Csus4 arpeggio box shapes
C major arpeggio box shapes
C pentatonic major scale box shapes

This issue demonstrates the ideal notes to create bass-lines over SUSPENDED SECOND chords i.e. sus2.

The easiest example of the sus2 is rooted on C natural, hence the C natural version of the CAGED4BASS octave sequence is shown in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS C natural octaves

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The diagram that follows shows all of the Csus2 arpeggio notes plotted over the entire 4-string bass guitar's fretboard in the CAGED4BASS style:-

CAGED4BASS Csus2 notes

As always 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 Csus2 arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS Csus2 intervals

The table and tabbed panel below detail all five box shapes for the Csus2 arpeggio in the CAGED4BASS style.

CAGED4BASS - Csus2 arpeggio box shapes

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3C* Csus2 pdf
3A1 Csus2 pdf
4G1 Csus2 pdf
4E2 Csus2 pdf
2D* Csus2 pdf
3C* at 12 Csus2 pdf

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

3C* Csus2 box

3A1 Csus2 box

4G1 Csus2 box

4E2 Csus2 box

2D* Csus2 box

3C* at 12 Csus2 box

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