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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 major arpeggio box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the F major 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 F natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG4BASS F natural octaves

GuitarPro6 F natural octaves

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

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 F major arpeggio

EDCAG4BASS F major 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 F major arpeggio are detailed below in the
EDCAG4BASS manner:-

EDCAG4BASS F major arpeggio intervals

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


EDCAG4BASS - F major arpeggio box shapes

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F major arpeggio 4E2 box shape pdf
F major arpeggio 2D* box shape pdf
F major arpeggio 3C* box shape pdf
F major arpeggio 3A1 box shape pdf
F major arpeggio 4G1 box shape pdf
F major arpeggio 4E2 box shape at fret 12 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 box shape - F major arpeggio

2D* box shape - F major arpeggio

3C* box shape - F major arpeggio

3A1 box shape - F major arpeggio

4G1 box shape - F major arpeggio

4E2 box shape at 12 - F major arpeggio


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 major arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

F major arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

EDCAG4BASS F major arpeggio box shapes

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F major arpeggio box shapes pdf

F major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfF major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


EDCAG4BASS F major arpeggio fretboard notes

EDCAG4BASS F major arpeggio fretboard intervals


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