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 minor blues scale box shapes for 5 string bass

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This issue further demonstrates the MINOR BLUES SCALE box shape for 5-string bass with the all important orange letters omitted.

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

ZZZZZ octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the A minor blues scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and ZZZZZ octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 A minor blues scale notes

NOTE:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboard shows E's enharmonic equivalent spelling D# (the augmented fourth interval name rather than the diminished fifth used elsewhere on this page).

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

ZZZZZ octaves A minor blues scale intervals

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


5-string bass A minor blues scale box shapes

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3Zm1 at 12 pdf


  • 3Zm1
  • 4Zm1
  • 4Zm2
  • 5Zm2
  • 5Zm3
  • 3Zm1 at 12

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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  • 4Zm2
  • 5Zm2
  • 5Zm3
  • 3Zm1 at 12

3Zm1 box

4Zm1 box

4Zm2 box

5Zm2 box

5Zm3 box

3Zm1 box at 12


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