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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EDBAG octaves (BEADG : standard 5-string bass tuning)
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio : General

Last weeks BLOGoZON looked at the F bebop dominant scale for 5-string bass in standard tuning, this week we take a look at its underlying arpeggio the F major-dominant seventh and join all the shapes together to form one long EDBAG octaves chain.

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The EDBAG octaves sequence is shown for F natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDBAG octaves F natural

GuitarPro6 f natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the F major-dominant seventh notes plotted over the 5-string bass's fretboard (BEADG tuning) in the EDBAG octaves style:-

EDBAG octaves F major-dominant seventh arpeggio notes

NOTE :- The F major-dominant seventh is an amalgamation of the F major seventh and F dominant seventh arpeggios; GuitarPro6 diagrams of both these arpeggios follow:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard - F major seventh arpeggio

GuitarPro6 F major seventh arpeggio

NOTE:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboard that follows for the F dominant seventh arpeggio shows E's enharmonic equivalent spelling of D (the augmented sixth interval name rather than the minor seventh) used elsewhere on this page.

GuitarPro6 fingerboard - F dominant seventh arpeggio

GuitarPro6 F dominant seventh arpeggio

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 F major-dominant seventh are detailed below in the EDBAG octaves manner:-

EDBAG octaves F major-dominant seventh arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the F major-dominant seventh arpeggio in the EDBAG octaves style.


EDBAG octaves (BEADG : standard 5-string bass tuning)
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio : box shape pdf files

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F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4E2 box shape pdf
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 5D2 box shape pdf
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 5B3 box shape pdf
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 3A1 box shape pdf
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4G1 box shape pdf
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4E2 box shape at 12 pdf

EDBAG octaves (BEADG : standard 5-string bass tuning)
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio : box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4E2 box shapes

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 5D2 box shapes

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 5B3 box shapes

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 3A1 box shapes

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4G1 box shapes

GuitarPro6 F major-dominant seventh arpeggio 4E2 box shapes at 12


EDBAG octaves (BEADG : standard 5-string bass tuning)
F major-dominant seventh arpeggio : box shapes & TAB

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

F major-dominant seventh 4E2 box shape

F major-dominant seventh 5D2 box shape

F major-dominant seventh 5B3 box shape

F major-dominant seventh 3A1 box shape

F major-dominant seventh 4G1 box shape

F major-dominant seventh 4E2 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 BAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes

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F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes pdf

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EDBAG octaves (BEADG : standard 5-string bass tuning)
F major-dominant 7th arpeggio : overall fretboard box shapes

EDBAG octaves F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes notes pdf

EDBAG octaves F major-dominant seventh arpeggio box shapes intervals pdf


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