Octave Method for 6-String Bass (Low B)
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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Octave Method for Six String Bass


Fretboard navigation method for 6-string bass
(Low B) 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 : 6-String Bass


Fretboard navigation method for 6-String Bass
(Low B) 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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BCAGED octaves (BEADGC : 6-string bass standard tuning)
C major scale (ionian mode) : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major scale (ionian mode) and join them all together
for 6-string bass (Low B) to form one long BCAGED octaves chain.

BCAGED octaves logo: 6-string bass (Low B)

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 diagram that follows shows all five of the BCAGED octaves shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 6-string bass (Low B) :-

6-String Bass (Low B) : C natural octaves

The diagrams that follow show all of the C major scale (ionian mode) notes plotted over the
6-string bass' fretboard in the BCAGED octaves and GuitarPro6 styles:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale (ionian mode) notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C major scale (ionian mode)

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 (ionian mode) are detailed below in the BCAGED octaves manner:-

BCAGED octaves fingerboard C major scale (ionian mode) intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
C major scale (ionian mode) in the BCAGED octaves style.


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

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BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6B4C1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 4A2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5G2 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5E3 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6D3D1 box shape pdf
BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6B4C1 box shape at 12 pdf

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

  • 6B4C1 (incomplete)
  • 6B4C1 (altered)
  • 4A2
  • 5G2
  • 5E3
  • 6D3D1
  • 6B4C1 at 12

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 (altered) box shape

GuitarPro6 4A2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5G2 box shape

GuitarPro6 5E3 box shape

GuitarPro6 6D3D1 box shape

GuitarPro6 6B4C1 box shape at 12


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

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

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6B4C1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 4A2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5G2 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 5E3 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6D3D1 box shape

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) : 6B4C1 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 - 6B4C1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

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



The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes TAB


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

BCAGED octaves C major scale box shapes

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BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes pdf

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdfBCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes GuitarPro7 TAB pdf


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

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes : entire fretboard notes

BCAGED octaves C major scale (ionian mode) box shapes : entire fretboard intervals


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