Octave Method for Low B : 5-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios

Octave Method for 5-String Bass

eBook: Octave Method for 5-String Bass (Low B)

Fretboard navigation method for 5-string bass based on a modification of the CAGED guitar method, using octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Book: Octave Method for Low B: 5-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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AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.266 the box shapes for the A minor arpeggio were presented using the AGEDB octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 5-string bass.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the A minor arpeggio, again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long AGEDB octaves chain.

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

AGEDB octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined AGEDB octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the A minor arpeggio notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the AGEDA octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor arpeggio note names

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor arpeggio

GuitarPro6 A minor 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 A minor arpeggio are detailed below in the AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor arpeggio note intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor arpeggio in the
AGEDB octaves
style.


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

YouTube icon

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Dm2 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3Am1 box shape pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape at 12 pdf


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 5Bm3Am1
  • 3Am1 at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape at 12


  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 5Bm3Am1
  • 3Am1 at 12

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Dm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Bm3Am1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 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 - 3Am1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDA octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfAGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

AGEDB octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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