Octave Method for 6-String Bass (Low B)
Major Scales & Arpeggios


Lulu eBook: 6-string bass (Low B)

eBook: Octave Method for 6-String Bass (Low B)

Fretboard navigation method for 6-String Bass
(Low B tuning)
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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Book: Octave Method for Low B: 6-String Bass

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 6-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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Octave Method for Low B : 5-String Bass Paper Book


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C pentatonic major scale box shapes for 6 string bass

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This issue demonstrates the C PENTATONIC MAJOR SCALE box shapes for 6-string bass with the all important orange letters omitted.

The diagrams that follow show all of the C natural notes plotted over the 6-string bass' fretboard in both the

Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

ZZZZZZ octaves C natural

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

GuitarPro6 C pentatonic minor notes

ZZZZZZ octaves C pentatonic major 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 pentatonic major scale are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

ZZZZZZ octaves C pentatonic major scale intervals

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


6-string bass C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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5Z3 box

6Z3Z1 box

6Z4Z1 at 12 box


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