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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A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes for 5 string bass

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This issue demonstrates the A minor-diminished arpeggio box shape for 5-string bass with the all important orange letters omitted.

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

ZZZZZ octaves A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the A minor-diminished arpeggio notes plotted over the 5-string bass guitar's fretboard in the CAGED octaves style:-

ZZZZZ octaves A minor-diminished 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 A minor-diminished arpeggio are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

ZZZZZ octaves A minor-diminished arpeggio intervals

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


5-string bass A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes

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3Zm1 pdf
4Zm1
4Zm2 pdf
5Zm2 pdf
5Zm3 pdf
3Zm1 at 12 pdf


  • 3Zm1
  • 4Zm1
  • 4Zm2
  • 5Zm2
  • 5Zm3
  • 3Zm1 at 12

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GuitarPro6 4Zm1

GuitarPro6 4Zm2

GuitarPro6 5Zm2

GuitarPro6 5Zm3

GuitarPro6 3Zm1 at 12



  • 3Zm1
  • 4Zm1
  • 4Zm2
  • 5Zm2
  • 5Zm3
  • 3Zm1 at 12

3Zm1 box

4Zm1 box

4Zm2 box

5Zm2

5Zm3 box

3Zm1 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 - 3Zm1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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


The complete tab for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes manucript TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes

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A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes pdf

A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf



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