Octave Method for Low B : 5-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios

Octave Method for 5-String Bass

eBook: Octave Method for 5-String Bass (Low B)

Fretboard navigation method for 5-string bass based on a modification of the CAGED guitar method, using octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Book: Octave Method for Low B: 5-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.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Octave Method for Low B : 5-String Bass Paper Book


Andrew Gouche

Andrew Gouche

Andrew Gouche is the 5 and 6-string bass playing musical director for Chaka Khan.

Andrew Gouche live

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Andrew Gouche plays his Michael Tobias Designs signature 6-string model (shown above and left).

C pentatonic major scale box shapes for 5 string bass

The disguised CAGED octaves method for the C pentatonic major scale box shapes on 5-string bass now follows:-

5-string bass CAGED octaves logo

The 5-string bass CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

5-string bass CAGED octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the C pentatonic major scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

5-string bass CAGED octaves C pentatonic major 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 C pentatonic major scale are detailed below for the 5-string bass in the CAGED octaves manner:-

5-string bass CAGED octaves C pentatonic major intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the C pentatonic major scale for the
5-string bass in the CAGED octaves style.


5 string bass - C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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5Z3
3Z1
4Z1
4Z2
5Z2
5Z3 at 12

  • 5Z3
  • 3Z1
  • 4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5Z3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3Z1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Z1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z3 box shape at 12


  • 5Z3
  • 3Z1
  • 4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3 at 12

5Z3

3Z1

4Z1

4Z2

5Z2

5Z3 at 12


Andrew Gouche

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