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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AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the A minor scale (aeolian mode)
and join them all together to form one long AGEDC4BASS chain.

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Hence the AGEDC4BASS sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows:-

AGEDC4BASS A natural octaves fingerboard

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A natural octaves

GuitarPro6 A natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all five of the AGEDC4BASS shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 4-string bass tuned to EADG :-

AGEDC4BASS: A natural octaves

AGEDC4BASS : A natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the A minor scale (aeolian mode) notes plotted over the
4-string bass guitar's fretboard in the AGEDC4BASS style.

A minor scale (aeolian mode) : AGEDC4BASS fingerboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale (aeolian mode) - note names

AGEDC4BASS A natural 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 (aeolian mode) are detailed below in the AGEDC4BASS manner.

A minor scale (aeolian mode) : AGEDC4BASS fingerboard intervals

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale (aeolian mode) - intervals

GuitarPro5 intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the A minor scale (aeolian mode)
in the AGEDC4BASS style for Low E tuning.


AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes

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AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Am1 box shape
AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Gm1 box shape
AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Em2 box shape
AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 2Dm* box shape
AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Cm* box shape
AGEDC4BASS A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Am1 box shape at 12

AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em1
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 2Dm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Cm* box shape

GuitarPro6 3Am1 box shape at 12


AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes

  • 3Am1
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em1
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1 at 12

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Am1 box shape

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Gm1 box shape

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 4Em1 box shape

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 2Dm* box shape

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Cm* box shape

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) A minor scale (aeolian mode) : 3Am1 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 - 3Am1 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC4BASS chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB : A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follow:-

A minor scale box shapes

AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) - A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) - A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes TAB pdfAGEDC4BASS (4-string bass : Low E) - A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes TAB pdf


AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) : Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass: Low E) fingerboard A minor scale (aeolian mode) notes pdf

AGEDC4BASS (4-string bass: Low E) fingerboard A minor scale (aeolian mode) intervals pdf


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