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A new fretboard navigation method for 6-string bass guitar (BEADGC tuning) using linked octave shapes. The method allows complete fretboard freedom for both standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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A natural minor scale box shapes for 6 string bass

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This issue demonstrates the A NATURAL MINOR SCALE box shape for 6-string bass with the all important orange letters omitted.

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

ZZZZZZ octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the A natural minor scale notes plotted over the 6-string bass' fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

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ZZZZZZ octaves A natural minor 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 natural minor scale are detailed below in the
CAGED octaves manner:-

ZZZZZZ octaves A natural minor scale intervals

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


6-string bass A natural minor scale box shapes

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