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

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major arpaggio 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 arpeggio notes plotted over the 6-string bass' fretboard in the BCAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard C major arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio

GuitarPro6 C major 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 C major arpeggio are detailed below in the
BCAGED octaves manner:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard C major arpeggio intervals

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


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

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

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

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

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 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 arpeggio : Box shapes & TAB

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

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6B4C1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5G2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5E3 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 6D3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 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 arpeggio box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes

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BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes pdf

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


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

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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