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 5-string bass method


Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5

Roscoe Century Signature 5


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.261 the box shapes for the C major scale were presented using the BAGED octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 5-string bass.

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

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAGED octaves shapes for use with the three notes per string patterns for a 5-string bass tuned to BEADG :-

BAGED octaves 3nps logo

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

BAGED octaves fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

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

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major scale

GuitarPro6 C major 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 major scale are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

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


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3A1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 3A1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4G1 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4E2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4E2D box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5D2 box shape pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3 box shape at 12 pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (3 notes per string) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 5B3
  • 5B3A1
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 4E2D
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5B3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5B3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 4E2D box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major scale 3nps : 5B3 box shape at 12


  • 5B3
  • 5B3A1
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 4E2D
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3A1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 3A1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4E2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 4E2D box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps : 5B3 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 - 5B3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the BAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major scale 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes

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BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdfBAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes TAB pdf

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

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major scale 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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