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Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios


CAGED4BASS eBook cover

CAGED4BASS 4-String Bass Octave Method eBook

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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Book: Octave Method for Low E: 4-string bass

Fretboard navigation method for Low B : 5-string bass based on an instrument specific modification of the CAGED guitar method, using linked octave shapes rather than open position chord shapes for ease and simplicity of use.

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Octave Method for Low B : 5-String Bass Paper Book


XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret

XOTiC XJ-1T 5 : 24 Fret


CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a closer look at the C pentatonic major scale box shapes and join them all together to form one long CAGED4BASS chain.

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The CAGED4BASS sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS C nautral octave shapes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C pentatonic major scale notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the CAGED4BASS and GuitarPro6 styles:-

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C pentatonic major scale

GuitarPro6 fingerboard :  C pentatonic 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 pentatonic major scale are detailed below in the
CAGED4BASS manner:-

CAGED4BASS fingerboard C pentatonic major scale intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C pentatonic major scale in the
CAGED4BASS style.


CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : YouTube videos & pdf files

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CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3A1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 4G1 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 4E2 box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 2D* box shape pdf
CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape at 12 pdf

CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape at 12


CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3A1 box shape

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 4G1 box shape

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 4E2 box shape

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 2D* box shape

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale : 3C* 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 - 3C* - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED4BASS chain-linked sequence for the C pentatonic major scale box shapes.



CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale box shapes : GuitarPro6 TAB

The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C pentatonic major scale box shapes TAB


CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale box shapes

The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes

CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes pdf

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfCAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


CAGED4BASS (EADG : 4-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

CAGED4BASS C pentatonic major scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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