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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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CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.111 the box shapes for the C major scale and C major arpeggio were presented using the CAGED4BASS methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for bass guitar.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C major arpeggio, again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long CAGED4BASS chain.

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The diagram that follows shows all seven of the CAGED4BASS shapes for use with the three notes per string patterns for 4-string bass guitar tuned to EADG :-

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The conjoined CAGED4BASS sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS C nautral octave shapes

guitarpro6_c_natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major arpeggio notes plotted over the 4-string bass's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED4BASS styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C major arpeggio

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/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 C major arpeggio are detailed below in the
CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven box shapes for the C major arpeggio in the CAGED4BASS style.


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3A1 box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3A1G box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4G1 box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2 box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2D* box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 2D* box shape pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape at 12 pdf


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes :
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  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 3A1G
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 4E2D*
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 3A1G box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape at 12


  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 3A1G
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 4E2D*
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3A1 box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 33A1G box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4G1 box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2 box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 4E2D* box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 2D* box shape

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps : 3C* box shape at 12



Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all seven 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 C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes

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CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes pdf

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes TAB pdfCAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes TAB pdf

CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
C major arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

CAGED4BASS C major arpeggio 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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