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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MTD 532/24 Lynn Keller Myrtle Burl 32" Scale

MTD 532/24 Lynn Keller Myrtle Burl 32" Scale

MTD 532/24 Lynn Keller Myrtle Burl 32" Scale

MTD 532/24 Lynn Keller Myrtle Burl 32" Scale

MTD 532/24 Lynn Keller Myrtle Burl 32" Scale

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BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major scale box shapes and join them all together for 5-string bass in standard low B tuning to form one long BAGED octaves chain.

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

BAGED octaves fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

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

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C 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 major scale are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale intervals

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


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : YouTube videos & pdf files

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BAGED octaves C major scale : 5B3 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 3A1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 4G1 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 4E2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 5D2 box shape pdf
BAGED octaves C major scale : 5B3 box shape at 12 pdf

BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 5B3
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

GuitarPro6 5B3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5B3 box shape at 12


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : Box shapes & TAB

  • 5B3
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 5D2
  • 5B3 at 12

BAGED octaves C major scale : 5B3 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 3A1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 4G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 4E2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 5D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major scale : 5B3 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 - 5B3 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes

BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes pdf

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfBAGED octaves C major scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : Overall fretboard box shapes

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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