BAGED octaves 5-string bass method

A new method for 5-string bass guitar (BEADG tuning - low B) based on linked octaves.
Allows complete fretboard navigation for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes and join them all together for 5-string bass in standard low B tuning to form one long BAGED octaves chain.

The BAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

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GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C octatonic major-minor scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C octatonic scale notes

NOTE No.1:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboards that follow show both E's and B's enharmonic equivalent spellings of D and A (the augmented sixth interval name rather than the minor seventh; the augmented fourth interval name rather than the perfect third ) used elsewhere on this page.

GuitarPro6 F bebop dominant scale

NOTE No.2:- The C octatonic major-minor scale is also the fifth mode of the F bebop dominant scale hence the F natural is highlighted in the diagram above (rather than C natural the true root note) as GuitarPro6 does not display these modes correctly.

NOTE No.3:- The C octatonic major-minor scale is an amalgamation of the C pentatonic major and
C pentatonic minor scales; GuitarPro6 diagrams of both follow:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard - C pentatonic major

C pentatonic major scale

GuitarPro6 fingerboard - C pentatonic minor

C pentatonic minor scale

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 octatonic major-minor scale are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C octatonic scale intervals

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


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : YouTube videos & pdf files

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C octatonic major-minor scale 5B3 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 3A1 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 4G1 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 4E2 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 5D2 box shape pdf
C octatonic major-minor scale 5B3 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5B3
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5B3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5B3 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5B3
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

C octatonic major-minor scale 5B3 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 3A1 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 4G1 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 4E2 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 5D2 box shape

C octatonic major-minor scale 5B3 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 - 5B3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes

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C octatonic major-minor box shapes pdf

C octatonic major-minor scale box shapes TAB pdfC octatonic major-minor scale box shapes TAB pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C octatonic major-minor scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

C octatonic major-minor scale fretboard box shapes notes pdf

C octatonic major-minor scale fretboard box shapes intervals pdf


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