Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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CAGED4BASS 4-String Bass Octave Method eBook

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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Book: Octave Method for Low E: 4-string bass

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 5-string bass based on an instrument specific modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
B diminished arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the B diminished arpeggio box shapes and join them all together to form one long CAGED4BASS chain.

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Hence the CAGED4BASS sequence is shown for B natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS B natural octaves shapes

GuitarPro6 B natural octaves

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

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio fretboard 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 B diminished arpeggio are detailed below in the
GEDCA4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio fretboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the B diminished arpeggio in the CAGED4BASS style.


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
B diminished arpeggio : Box shape pdf files

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CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3C* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3A1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 4G1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 4E2 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 2D* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3C* box shape at 12 pdf

CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
B diminished arpeggio : YouTube box shapes

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

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 B diminished arpeggio 3C* box shape at 12


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
B diminished arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

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

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3C* box shape

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3A1 box shape

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 4G1 box shape

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 4E2 box shape

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 2D* box shape

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio 3C* 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 - 3C* - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED4BASS chain-linked sequence for the B diminished arpeggio box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

B diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

B diminished arpeggio box shapes

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CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio box shapes pdf

B diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB pdfB diminished arpeggio box shapes TAB pdf


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
B diminished arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio fingerboard box shapes notes pdf

CAGED4BASS B diminished arpeggio fingerboard box shapes intervals pdf


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