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


Lee Sklar

Lee Sklar

Lee Sklar is the 5-string bass sessioneer who has joined forces with Canadian bass manufacturer Dingwall to produce the Lee Sklar Signature 5-string bass.

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A minor arpeggio 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 arpeggio notes plotted over the 5-string bass guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves style:-

3Z1Z4Z2Z5Z3 octaves A minor arpeggio intervals

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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 arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

3Z1Z4Z2Z5Z3 octaves A minor arpeggio intervals

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


5-string bass A minor arpeggio box shapes

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