BCAGED octaves front cover

A new fretboard navigation method for 6-string bass guitar (BEADGC tuning) using linked octave shapes. The method allows complete fretboard freedom for both standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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Vernon Barbary

Vernon Barbary

Vernon Barbary is the 5-string bass groover from Denver, Colorado - listen out for his tracks on Bay Smooth Jazz Radio broadcasting from the San Francisco Bay area - California via baysmoothjazz.com

In association with Pavel Musical Instruments Vernon has created the Pavel VBJ5 - he demonstrates the instrument in the YouTube video below.


C major arpeggio box shapes (3nps) for 6-string bass

Lots more deep end stuff this week for the 6-string bass guitar with the C major arpeggios that sit inside the three notes per string major scale box shapes - again this is definitely not for the faint hearted amongst you.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the CAGED octaves variant - ZZZZZZ octaves - for use with the three notes per string patterns on the 6-string bass, once again the all important orange letters are missing:-

ZZZZZZ octaves 3nps logo

The ZZZZZZ octaves logo follows:-

ZZZZZZ octaves logo

The ZZZZZZ octaves sequence for 6-string bass guitar is shown for C natural in the next diagram:-

ZZZZZZ octaves for C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string bass guitar's fretboard in the ZZZZZZ octaves style:-

ZZZZZZ octaves C major arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio

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 C major arpeggio are detailed below for the 6-string bass guitar in the ZZZZZZ octaves manner:-

ZZZZZZ octaves C major arpeggio intervals

The tabbed panel below details all seven 3 notes per string patterns for the C major arpeggio box shapes.


6 string bass - C major arpeggio box shapes (3nps)

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6Z4Z1 pdf

6Z4Z2 pdf

4Z2 pdf

5Z2 pdf

5Z3 pdf

5Z3Z1 pdf

6Z3Z1 pdf

6Z4Z1 at 12 pdf


  • 6Z4Z1
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  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3
  • 5Z3Z1
  • 6Z3Z1
  • 6Z4Z1 at 12


  • 6Z4Z1
  • 6Z4Z2
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3
  • 5Z3Z1
  • 6Z3Z1
  • 6Z4Z1 at 12

6Z4Z1 box

6Z4Z2 box

4Z2 box

5Z2 box

5Z3 box

5Z3Z1 box

6Z3Z1 box

6Z4Z box at 12


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