BCAGED octaves front cover

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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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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