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


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A pentatonic minor scale box shapes for 5 string bass

The image that follows shows what Guitar Pro 6 describes as the Aeolian Pentatonic (5th mode of major pentatonic) - more commonly known as the A pentatonic minor scale. As usual this is totally indigestible by most bass players (from both a naming and presentation point of view) and needs to be broken down into more manageable chunks.

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

A pentatonic minor scale note names for 5-string bass

With digestability and future utilisation in mind, i.e. playing and remembering the dam thing, the disguised CAGED octaves method for the A pentatonic minor scale box shapes on 5-string bass now follows:-

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

5-string bass CAGED octaves A natural 		octave shapes

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

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

A pentatonic minor scale intervals for 5-string bass

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


5 string bass - A pentatonic minor scale box shapes

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4Zm1
4Zm2
5Zm2
5Zm3
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  • 4Zm1
  • 4Zm2
  • 5Zm2
  • 5Zm3
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GuitarPro6 3Zm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Zm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Zm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Zm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Zm3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3Zm1 box shape at 12


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4Zm1

4Zm2

5Zm2

5Zm3

3Zm1 at 12


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