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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C major blues scale box shapes for 5 string bass

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

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

ZZZZZ octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the C major blues scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the ZZZZZ octaves style:-

ZZZZZ octaves C amjor 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 C major blues scale are detailed below in the ZZZZZ octaves manner:-

ZZZZZ octaves C amjor blues scale intervals

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


5-string bass C major blues scale box shapes

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  • 5Z3
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  • 4Z2
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GuitarPro6 4Z1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Z3 box shape at 12



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  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3 at 12

5Z3 box

3Z1 box

4Z1 box

4Z2 box

5Z2 box

5B3 at 12 box


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