BAGED octaves 5-string bass method

A new method for 5-string bass guitar (BEADG tuning - low B) based on linked octaves.
Allows complete fretboard navigation for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves 5-string bass method


Pino Palladino

Pino Palladino

Pino Palladino is the Welsh fretless bass supremo who played on classic tracks such as; Paul Young's cover version of the Marvin Gaye - Norman Whitfield - Barrett Strong classic Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home); Pino also plays some sweeping fretless lines on Don Henley's social commentary track New York Minute.

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A natural minor scale box shapes for 5 string bass

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This issue demonstrates the CAGED octaves method for 5-string bass guitar but the all important orange letters have been omitted.

The CAGED octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

3Z1Z4Z2Z5Z3 octaves A natural

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The diagram that follows shows all of the A minor scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves style:-

3Z1Z4Z2Z5Z3 octaves A minor notes

GuitarPro6 A minor scale

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 A minor scale are detailed below in the
CAGED octaves manner:-

3Z1Z4Z2Z5Z3 octaves A minor intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the A nautral minor scale in the
CAGED octaves style.


5-string bass A minor scale box shapes

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