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


MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga

MTD Norm Stockton Saratoga


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the individual A minor scale box shapes.....

Individual AGEDB octaves shape names

and join them all together for 5-string bass in standard low B tuning to form one long AGEDB octaves chain.

AGEDB octaves logo

The AGEDB octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

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

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor scale note names

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale

GuitarPro6 A minor 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 A minor scale are detailed below in the AGEDB octaves manner:-

AGEDB octaves fingerboard A minor scale note intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor scale in the AGEDB octaves style.


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : YouTube videos & pdf files

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Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 3Am1 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 4Gm1 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 4Em2 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 5Dm2 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 5Bm3 box shape pdf
AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 3Am1 box shape at 12 pdf

AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Box shapes on YouTube

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 3Am1 at 12

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Dm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5Bm3 box shape

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape at 12


AGEDB octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Box shapes & TAB

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 5Dm2
  • 5Bm3
  • 3Am1 at 12

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 3Am1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 4Gm1 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 4Em2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 5Dm2 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 5Bm3 box shape

AGEDB octaves A minor scale : 3Am1 box shape at 12


Once the individual box shapes have been assimilated all seven 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 AGEDB octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale box shapes.



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro6 A minor scale box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

AGEDB octaves A minor scale box shapes

AGEDB octaves : 5-string bass in Low B (BEADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

Flash iconGuitar Pro 6 icon

AGEDA octaves A minor scale box shapes pdf

AGEDB octaves A minor scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdfAGEDB octaves A minor scale box shapes GuitarPro6 TAB pdf


AGEDA octaves (BEADG : 5-string bass standard tuning)
A minor scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDB octaves A minor scale box shapes : entire fretboard notes

AGEDB octaves A minor scale box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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