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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BAGED octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
C major arpeggio : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major arpeggio 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 arpeggio notes plotted over the 5-string bass' fretboard in the BAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major arpeggio notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio

GuitarPro6 fingerboard :  C major arpeggio

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 arpeggio are detailed below in the BAGED octaves manner:-

BAGED octaves fingerboard C major arpeggio intervals

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


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

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

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

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

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 5B3 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 5D2 box shape

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major arpeggio 5B3 box shape at 12


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

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

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5B3 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 3A1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 4G1 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 4E2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 5D2 box shape

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio : 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 arpeggio box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 C major arpeggio box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes

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BAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes pdf

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


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

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BAGED octaves C major arpeggio box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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