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A method for 4-string bass guitar using linked octave shapes. Enables systematic navigation of the bass guitar fingerboard for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves 5-string bass method

A new method for 5-string bass guitar (BEADG tuning - low B) based on linked octaves.
Allows complete fretboard navigation for standard and 3 notes per string scale and arpeggio box shapes.

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BAGED octaves 5-string bass method


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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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BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale) : General

This weeks BLOGoZON looks at the C ionian mode (major scale) for 8-string guitar in Low G tuning.

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Below the BAGED octaves for low G sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

BAGED octaves : C natural

GuitarPro6 c natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C ionian mode (major scale) notes plotted over the 8-string guitar's GBEADGBE fretboard in the BAGED octaves (low G) and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard : C ionian mode (major scale) note names

GuitarPro6 fingerboard :C ionian mode (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 ionian mode (major scale) are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard : C ionian mode (major scale) note names

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
C ionian mode (major scale) in the BAGED octaves style.


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 8A5A3 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 8G6G3G1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 7B5B2
  • 8A5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 8A5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 8G6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale) : Box shapes & TAB

  • 7B5B2
  • 8A5A3
  • 8G6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2 at 12

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 8A5A3 box shape

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 8G6G3G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape at 12



Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all five shapes should be linked together and played in one continuous exercise (with the first shape - 7B5B2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

C ionian mode (major scale) (low G) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C ionian mode (major scale) (Low G) box shapes

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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BAGED octaves : C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes pdf

C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdfC ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdf


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C ionian mode (major scale) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves fretboard C ionian mode (major scale) notes

BAGED octaves fretboard C ionian mode (major scale) intervals


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A night to remember....Zon Brookes

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