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A method for 4-string bass guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the bass guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major scale : General

In BLOGoZON No.111 the box shapes for the C major scale and C major arpeggio were presented using the CAGED4BASS methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for bass guitar. In this BLOGoZON we take a closer look at the C major scale box shapes and join them all together to form one long CAGED4BASS chain.

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Hence the CAGED4BASS sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS C nautral octave shapes

guitarpro6_c_natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 4-string bass's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C major scale

CAGED4BASS C amjor 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 major scale are detailed below in the
CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS C major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major scale in the CAGED4BASS style.


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major scale : Box shape pdf files

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CAGED4BASS C major scale : 3C* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C major scale : 3A1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C major scale : 4G1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C major scale : 4E2 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C major scale : 2D* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C major scale : 3C* box shape at 12 pdf

CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major scale : YouTube box shapes

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

GuitarPro6 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 3C* box shape at 12


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

3C* box shape

3A1 box shape

4G1 box shape

4E2 box shape

2D* box shape

3C* box shape 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 - 3C* - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED4BASS chain-linked sequence for the C major scale box shapes.

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The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale box shape

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C major scale box shapes pdf

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CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED4BASS fingerboard  C major scale box shapes notes

CAGED4BASS fingerboard  C major scale box shapes intervals


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