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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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A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.183 the box shapes for the A minor blues scale were presented using the AGEDC4BASS methodology - this is the CAGED guitar system adapted and improved for minor scales and arpeggios on 4-string bass guitar.

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In this BLOGoZON we take look at the underlying arpeggio of the A minor blues scale; this being the
A minor- diminished arpeggio .

Hence the AGEDC4BASS sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC4BASS A natural

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the A minor-diminished arpeggio notes plotted over the 4-string bass's fretboard in the AGEDC4BASS style:-

AGEDC4BASS A minor-diminished arpeggio fretboard 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 AGEDC4BASS manner:-

AGEDC4BASS A minor-diminished arpeggio fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor-diminished arpeggio in the AGEDC4BASS style.


AGEDC octaves - A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes

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3Am1 pdf
4Gm1 pdf
4Em2 pdf
2Dm* pdf
3Cm* pdf
3Am1 at 12 pdf

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shapes

GuitarPro6 2Dm* box shape

GuiatrPro6 3Cm* box shape

GuiatrPro6 3Am1 box shape at 12


  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

3Am1 box shapes

4Gm1 box shape

4Em2 box shape

2Dm* box shape

3Cm* box shape

3Am1 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 - 3Am1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC4BASS chain-linked sequence for the A minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

A minor-diminished arpeggio box shape


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 pdfA minor-diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


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