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Scott Devine runs one of the largest free on-line bass guitar tuition websites called ScottsBassLessons.com.
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"High C" 5 string bass - C major scale box shapes

In this BLOGoZON we take a first look at the C major scale box shapes for the 5-string bass tuned to high C (rather than the more usual low B).

CAGED octaves 5-string high C logo

Hence the CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves logo for 5-string high C

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale

CAGED octaves 5-string high C fretboard notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales 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 scale are detailed below in the
CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves 5-string high C fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major scale in the CAGED octaves style.


"High C" 5 string bass - C major scale box shapes

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C major scale 4C1 box shape
C major scale 4A2 box shape
C major scale 5G2 box shape
C major scale 5E3 box shape
C major scale 3D1 box shape
C major scale 4C1 box shape at fret 12

"High C" 5 string bass - C major scale box shapes

  • 4C1
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 3D1
  • 4C1 at 12

GuitarPro6 4C1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5G2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5E3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4C1 box shape at fret 12


"High C" 5 string bass - C major scale box shapes

  • 4C1
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 3D1
  • 4C1 at 12

C major scale 4C1 box shape

C major scale 4A2 box shape

C major scale 5G2 box shape

C major scale 5E3 box shape

C major scale 3D1 box shape

C major scale 4C1 box shape at fret 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 - 4C1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

C major scale box shapes

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C major scale box shapes pdf

C major scale box shapes TAB pdfC major scale box shapes TAB pdf


CAGED octaves C major scale fretboard notes

CAGED octaves C major scale fretboard intervals


The first box shape located at the nut (4C1 shown above) is incomplete; the B natural note on string 1 would be located at imaginary fret -1, which is obviously unplayable. However this note can be played on string 2 (as shown in the video that follows) but this breaks out of the strict movable CAGED octaves pattern sequence.


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