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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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EDCAG4BASS - E minor arpeggio box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the E minor arpeggio box shapes and join them all together to form one long EDCAG4BASS chain.

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Hence the EDCAG4BASS sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG4BASS E natural octaves

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the E minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 4-string bass's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 E minor arpeggio

EDCAG4BASS E minor arpeggio fingerboard notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see modes 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 E minor arpeggio are detailed below in the
EDCAG4BASS manner:-

EDCAG4BASS E minor arpeggio fingerboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the E minor arpeggio in the EDCAG4BASS style.


EDCAG4BASS - E minor arpeggio box shapes

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

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

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 2Dm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Cm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shape at 12


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

4Em2 box

2Dm* box

3Cm* box

3Am1 box

4Gm1 box

4Em2 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 - 4Em2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the EDCAG4BASS chain-linked sequence for the E minor arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

E minor arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

E minor arpeggio box shapes

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E minor arpeggio box shapes pdf

E minor arpeggio box shpes TAB pdfE minor arpeggio box shpes TAB pdf


EDCAG4BASS E minor arpeggio fretboard notes

EDCAG4BASS E minor arpeggio fretboard intervals


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