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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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AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode): General

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

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

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

AGEDBC octaves fingerboard A minor arpeggio notes

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
AGEDBC octaves manner:-

AGEDBC octaves fingerboard A minor arpeggio intervals

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


AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio : YouTube videos & pdf files

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AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 4Am2 box shape pdf
AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Gm2 box shape pdf
AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Em3 box shape pdf
AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape pdf
AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape pdf
AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 4Am2 box shape at 12 pdf

AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 4Am2 at 12

GuitarPro6 4Am2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Gm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Em3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Dm3Dm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6Bm4Cm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Am2 box shape at 12


AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 4Am2 at 12

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 4Am2 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Gm2 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 5Em3 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio : 4Am2 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 - 4Am2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDBC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor arpeggio box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes

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AGEDBC octaves A minor arpegio box shapes pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfAGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard notes

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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