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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 arpeggio (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.272 the box shapes for the A minor arpeggio were presented using the AGEDBC octaves methodology - this is the CAGED octaves guitar system adapted and improved for 6-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 AGEDBC octaves chain.

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

AGEDBC 3nps logo

The conjoined 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 scale

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 (3 notes per string) box shapes : pdf

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AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Am2 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Gm2 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3Dm1 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Am2 box shape pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Am2 box shape at 12 pdf


AGEDBC octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 5Em3Dm1
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 6Bm4Am2
  • 4Am2 at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Am2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Gm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3Dm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Am2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Am2 box shape at 12


  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 5Em3Dm1
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 6Bm4Am2
  • 4Am2 at 12

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Am2 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Gm2 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 5Em3Dm1 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 6Bm4Am2 box shape

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 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 (3nps) box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

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


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

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

AGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdfAGEDBC octaves A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes TAB pdf

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

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

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


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