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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C major-minor arpeggio box shapes for 5 string bass

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This issue demonstrates the C major-minor arpeggio 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-minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the ZZZZZ octaves style:-

ZZZZZ octaves C major-minor arpeggio 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-minor arpeggio are detailed below in the ZZZZZ octaves manner:-

ZZZZZ octaves C major-minor arpeggio intervals

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


5-string bass C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

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5Z3 pdf
3Z1 pdf
4Z1 pdf
4Z2 pdf
5Z2 pdf
5Z3 at 12 pdf

  • 5Z3
  • 3Z1
  • 4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5Z3

GuitarPro6 3Z1

GuitarPro6 4Z1

GuitarPro6 4Z2

GuitarPro6 5Z2

GuitarPro6 5Z3 at 12



  • 5Z3
  • 3Z1
  • 4Z1
  • 4Z2
  • 5Z2
  • 5Z3 at 12

5Z3 box

3Z1 box

4Z1 box

4Z2 box

5Z2 box

5Z3 box at 12



Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all five shapes should be linked together and played in one continuous exercise (with the first shape - 5Z3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major minor arpeggio box shapes.


The complete tab for the previous exercise follows:-

C major-minor arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major-minor arpeggio box shapes

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C major-minor arpeggio box shapes pdf

C major-minor arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


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