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A new fretboard navigation method for 6-string bass guitar (BEADGC tuning) using linked octave shapes. The method allows complete fretboard freedom for both standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II

Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II

Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II

Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II

Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II

Yamaha TRB John Patitucci II


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major scale box shapes and join them all together for 6-string bass in standard low B tuning to form one long BCAGED octaves chain.

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

BCAGED 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 6-string bass' fretboard in the BCAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BCAGED 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 BCAGED octaves manner:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

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


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6B4C1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale : 4A2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale : 5G2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale : 5E3 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6D3D1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6B4C1 box shape at 12 pdf

BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 6B4C1 (incomplete)
  • 6B4C1 (altered)
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 6D3D1
  • 6B4C1 at 12

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 (altered) box shape

GuitarPro6 4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5G2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5E3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6D3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 box shape at 12


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 6B4C1
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 6D3D1
  • 6B4C1 at 12

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6B4C1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 5G2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 5E3 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6D3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale : 6B4C1 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 - 6B4C1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes

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BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes pdf

BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfBCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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