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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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Bobby Watson


Rufusized

Bobby Watson was the bass-force behind the band Rufus.

Bobby also provided the bass for the Rodney Temperton penned mega-hit single Rock with you from the 1979
Michael Jackson
album Off the Wall.

Bobby Watson

Rufus with Chaka Khan 1974.

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good 1974

Rock with you bass playalong

Bobby Watson talks about his Fodera Mutt Bass

Michael Jackson - Rock With You - LIVE! 1981

"Ain't Nobody" (Live) - Chaka Khan - May 27, 2012

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CAGED4BASS - C major/minor arpeggio box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the arpeggio that under-lines the
C major blues scale, i.e. the C major-minor arpeggio. Each of the 5 box shapes is detailed individually and then joined 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 notes of the C major-minor arpeggio are presented below in the CAGED4BASS style:-

CAGED4BASS C major-minor arpeggio notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see 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
CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS C amjor-minor arpeggio intervals

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


CAGED4BASS - C major/minor blues scale box shapes

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3C* box pdf
3A1 box pdf
4G1 box pdf
4E2 box pdf
2D* box pdf
3C* box at 12 pdf

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

GuitarPro6 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 3C* box shape at 12



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

3C* box

3A1 box

4G1 box

4E2 box

2D* box

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

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED4BASS 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 arpegio box shapes pdf

C major-minor arpegio box shapes TAB pdfC major-minor arpegio box shapes TAB pdf


Bobby Watson

Let that rhythm get into you....Zon Brookes

Off the Wall


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