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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 - F lydian mode box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the F lydian mode box shapes and join them all together to form one long EDCAG4BASS chain.

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

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GuitarPro6 F natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the F lydian mode notes plotted over the 4-string bass's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 F lydian mode

EDCAG4BASS F lydin mode 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 F lydian mode are detailed below in the
EDCAG4BASS manner:-

EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode fingeboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the F lydian mode in the EDCAG4BASS style.


EDCAG4BASS - F lydian mode box shapes

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4E2 - F lydian mode box shape pdf
2D*  - F lydian mode box shape pdf
3C*  - F lydian mode box shape pdf
3A1  - F lydian mode box shape pdf
4G1  - F lydian mode box shape pdf
4E2 at 12  - F lydian mode box shape pdf

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

GuitarPro6 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4E2 box shape at 12


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

4E2 F lydian mode box shape

2D* F lydian mode box shape

3C* F lydian mode box shape

3A1 F lydian mode box shape

4G1 F lydian mode box shape

4E2 F lydian mode 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 - 4E2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the EDCAG4BASS chain-linked sequence for the F lydian mode box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode box shapes

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EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode box shapes pdf

F lydian mode box shapes TAB pdfF lydian mode box shapes TAB pdf


EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode box shape fingerboard notes

EDCAG4BASS F lydian mode box shape fingerboard intervals


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