Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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CAGED4BASS 4-String Bass Octave Method eBook

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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Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 5-string bass based on an instrument specific modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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DCAGE4BASS - D dorian mode box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the D dorian mode box shapes and join them all together to form one long DCAGE4BASS chain.

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Hence the DCAGE4BASS sequence is shown for D natural in the diagram that follows:-

DCAGE4BASS fretboard

GuitarPro6 D natural octaves

The diagrams that follow shows all of the D dorian mode notes plotted over the 4-string bass's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and DCAGE4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 D dorian mode

DCAGE4BASS D dorian mode fretboard 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 D dorian mode are detailed below in the
CAGED4BASS manner:-

DCAGE4BASS D dorian mode fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the D dorian mode in the CAGED4BASS style.


DCAGE4BASS - D dorian mode box shapes

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

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

GuitarPro6 2Dm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Cm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 2Dm* box shape at 12


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

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 box

2Dm* 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 - 2Dm* - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the DCAGE4BASS chain-linked sequence for the D dorian mode box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

D dorian mode box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

D dorian mode box shapes

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D dorian mode box shapes pdf

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