Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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CAGED4BASS 4-String Bass Octave Method eBook

A method for 4-string bass guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the bass guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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Book: Octave Method for Low E: 4-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.

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A minor arpeggio and A minor arpeggio box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.36 the box shapes for the A NATURAL MINOR SCALE were presented using the AGEDC4BASS methodology - this is the CAGED guitar system adapted and improved for bass guitar.

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In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes for the A natural minor scale are revisited but this time the undelying 3-note chord/arpeggio is presented i.e. A minor.

Hence the AGEDC4BASS sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC4BASS A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the 4-string bass's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and AGEDC4BASS styles:-

AGEDC4BASS A natural minor scale

AGEDC4BASS 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 natural minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDC4BASS and GuitarPro5 manner:-

GuitarPro5 intervals

AGEDC4BASS A minor scale intervals

All scales and modes have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their basic tonality.

In the case of the A natural minor scale this is the A minor arpeggio - hence the notes for a

A minor arpeggio are presented in both the Guitar Pro and AGEDC4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio notes

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio notes

Similarly the intervals forming an A minor arpeggio are shown next:-

GuitarPro5 A minor arpeggio intervals

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A natural minor scale and the
A minor arpeggio in the AGEDC4BASS style.


AGEDC4BASS - A natural minor scale box shapes

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3Am1 box
4Gm1
4Em2 pdf
2Dm* pdf
3Cm* pdf
3Am1 at 12 pdf

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12


  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 box

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 at 12 box


AGEDC octaves - A minor arpeggio box shapes

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3Am1 pdf
4Gm1 pdf
4Em2 pdf
2Dm* pdf
3Cm* pdf
3Am1 at 12 pdf

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12


  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 box

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 at 12 box


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