Octave Method for Low E : 4-String Bass
Major Scales & Arpeggios


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Octave Method for Four String Bass


Fretboard navigation method for 4-string bass 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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CAGED4BASS : Octave Method for 4-String Bass


Fretboard navigation method for 4-string bass guitar 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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CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the C major blues scale box shapes and
join them all together to form one long CAGED4BASS chain.

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Hence the CAGED4BASS sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED4BASS C natural fingerboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : C natural octaves

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the CAGED4BASS shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 4-string bass tuned to EADG :-

CAGED4BASS octave shapes

CAGED4BASS : C natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the C major blues scale notes plotted over the
4-string bass guitar's fretboard in the CAGED4BASS style.

C pentatonic major scale : CAGED4BASS fingerboard notes

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 blues scale are detailed below in the CAGED4BASS manner.

C pentatonic major scale : CAGED4BASS fingerboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the C major blues scale
in the CAGED4BASS style for Low E tuning.


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale box shapes

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CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 3C* box shape
CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 3A1 box shape
CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 4G1 box shape
CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 4E2 box shape
CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 2D* box shape
CAGED4BASS C major blues scale : 3C* box shape at 12

CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale box shapes

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 3A1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 4G1 box shape

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 4E2 box shape

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 2D* box shape

GuitarPro6 (4-string bass : Low E) C pentatonic major scale : 3C* box shape at 12


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale box shapes

  • 3C*
  • 3A1
  • 4G1
  • 4E2
  • 2D*
  • 3C* at 12

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 3C* box shape

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 3A1 box shape

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 4G1 box shape

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 4E2 box shape

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 2D* box shape

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) C major blues scale : 3C* 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 - 3C* - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the CAGED4BASS chain-linked sequence for the C major blues scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : C major blues scale box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

C  major blues scale (4-string bass: Low E) box shapes

CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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CAGED4BASS C major blues scale (4-string bass : Low E - EADG) box shapes pdf

GuitarPro7 TAB : C major blues scale (4-string bass: Low E) box shapes pdfGuitarPro7 TAB : C major blues scale (4-string bass: Low E) box shapes pdf


CAGED4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
C major blues scale : Overall fretboard box shapes

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass: Low E - EADG) fingerboard C major bluesscale notes pdf

CAGED4BASS (4-string bass: Low E - EADG) fingerboard C major bluesscale intervals pdf


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