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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 (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.270 the box shapes for the C major arpeggio were presented using the BCAGED octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 6-string bass.

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

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The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BCAGED octaves shapes for use with
the three notes per string patterns for a 6-string bass tuned to BEADGC :-

BCAGED octaves 3nps logo

The conjoined BCAGED 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 seven box shapes for the
C major arpeggio
in the BCAGED octaves style.


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major arpeggio (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4C1 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4A2 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4A2 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5G2 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3D1 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6D3D1 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4C1 box shape at 12 pdf


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 6B4C1
  • 6B4A2
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 5E3D1
  • 6D3D1
  • 6B4C1 at 12

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4C1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5G2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6D3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4C1 box shape at 12


  • 6B4C1
  • 6B4A2
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 5E3D1
  • 6D3D1
  • 6B4C1 at 12

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4C1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6B4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5G2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 5E3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 6D3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) : 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 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

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BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfBCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major arpeggio (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

BCAGED octaves C major arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes


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