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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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Sandberg California Ida Nielsen

Sandberg California Ida Nielsen

Sandberg California Ida Nielsen

Sandberg California Ida Nielsen

Sandberg California Ida Nielsen

Sandberg California Ida Nielsen


GEDCA4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
G major arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the G major arpeggio box shapes and join them all together to form one long GEDCA4BASS chain.

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Hence the GEDCA4BASS sequence is shown for G natural in the diagram that follows:-

GEDCA4BASS G natural octaves

GuitarPro6 G natural octaves

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

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and GEDCA4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio

GEDCA4BASS G major arpeggio fingerboard 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 G major arpeggio are detailed below in the
GEDCA4BASS manner:-

GEDCA4BASS G major arpeggio fingerboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the G major arpeggio in the GEDCA4BASS style.


GEDCA4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
G major arpeggio : Box shape pdf files

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

GEDCA4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
G major arpeggio : YouTube box shapes

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

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 G major arpeggio 4G1 box shape at 12


GEDCA4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
G major arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

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

G major arpeggio 4G1 box shape

G major arpeggio 4E2 box shape

G major arpeggio 2D* box shape

G major arpeggio 3C* box shape

G major arpeggio 3A1 box shape

G major arpeggio 4G1 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 - 4G1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the GEDCA4BASS chain-linked sequence for the G major arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

G major arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

G major arpeggio box shapes

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G major arpeggio box shapes pdf

G major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfG major arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


GEDCA4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
G major arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

GEDCA4BASS fingerboard  G major arpeggio box shapes notes

GEDCA4BASS fingerboard  G major arpeggio box shapes intervals


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