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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BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C pentatonic major box shapes and join them all together for
6-string bass in standard Low B tuning to form one long BCAGED octaves chain.

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The 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 pentatonic major scale notes plotted over the 6-string bass' fretboard in the BCAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard 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
BCAGED octaves manner:-

BCAGED octaves 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
BCAGED octaves style.


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 4A2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 5G2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 5E3 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6D3D1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 at 12 box shape pdf

BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major arpeggio : Box shapes on YouTube

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 5G2 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 5E3 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 6D3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 box shape at 12


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : Box shapes & TAB

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

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 5G2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 5E3 box shape

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6D3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale : 6B4C1 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 video shown to the right demonstrates the BCAGED octaves chain-linked sequence for the C pentatonic major scale box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C pentatonic major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes

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BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes pdf

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfBCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C pentatonic major scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BCAGED octaves C pentatonic major scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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