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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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BAF#GED octaves : 8-string guitar low F# tuning (F#BEADGBE)
C major scale (3 notes per string) : General

In BLOGoZON No.337 the box shapes for the C ionian mode (major scale) were presented using the
BAGED octaves methodology - this is the standard BAF#GED octaves guitar system.

In this BLOGoZON we look at the C ionian mode (major scale), again, but with 3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long BAF#GED octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the BAF#GED octaves shapes for use with the
three notes per string patterns for an 8-string guitar tuned to F#BEADGBE :-

BAF#GED octaves : Octave shapes 3nps

The conjoined BAF#GED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

BAF#GED octaves C natural fretboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

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 fretboard in the BAF#GED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAF#GED octaves fingerboard C major scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C ionian mode (major scale)

GuitarPro6 C 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
BAF#GED octaves manner:-

BAF#GED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven box shapes
for the C ionian mode (major scale) in the BAF#GED octaves style.


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low F# tuning (F#BEADGBE)
C major scale (3nps) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5A3 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8A5A3G1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8F#6G3G1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8F#6E4E1 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape pdf

BAF#GED octaves 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5A3 box shape pdf


BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C major scale (3nps) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 7B5A3
  • 8A5A3G1
  • 8F#6G3G1
  • 8F#6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3 at 12

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5A3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8A5A3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8F#6G3G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 8F#6E4E1 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 6E4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7D4D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5B2 box shape

GuitarPro6 3nps C ionian mode (major scale) : 7B5A3 box shape at 12


  • 7B5A3
  • 8A5A3G1
  • 8F#6G3G1
  • 8F#6E4E1
  • 6E4D2
  • 7D4D2
  • 7B5B2
  • 7B5A3 at 12

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 7B5A3 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 8A5A3G1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 8F#6G3G1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 8F#6E4E1 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 6E4D2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 7D4D2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 7B5B2 box shape

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps : 7B5A3 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 - 7B5A3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the BAF#GED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C major scale box shapes.

The complete TAB for the previously described exercise follows:-

C ionian mode (major scale) (low F#) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C major scale (3nps) : Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes pdf

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdfBAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) box shapes TAB pdf

BAGED octaves : 8-string guitar in low G tuning (GBEADGBE)
C major scale (3nps) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes : fretboard notes

BAF#GED octaves C ionian mode (major scale) 3nps box shapes : fretboard intervals


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