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 arpeggio (3nps) : General

In this BLOGoZON we take a look at the A minor arpeggio (3nps)
and join them all together to form one long AGEDC4BASS chain.

AGEDC4BASS A natural octave shapes (3nps)

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 seven of the AGEDC4BASS shapes for use with the
box shapes for a 4-string bass tuned to EADG.

AGEDC4BASS : A natural octaves (3nps)

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

A minor arpeggio : AGEDC4BASS fingerboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor arpeggio - note names

GuitarPro6 A minor arpeggio 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
A minor arpeggio are detailed below in the AGEDC4BASS manner.

A minor arpeggio : AGEDC4BASS fingerboard intervals

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor arpeggio - intervals

GuitarPro5 A minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all seven box shapes for the A minor arpeggio (3nps)
in the AGEDC4BASS style for Low E tuning.


AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : pdf

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AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm* box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 2Dm* box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Cm* box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape pdf

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape at 12 pdf


AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : YouTube videos

  • 3Am1Gm
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm*
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1
  • 3Am1Gm at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm* box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 2Dm* box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 3Cm* box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor srpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape at 12

  • 3Am1Gm
  • 4Gm1
  • 4Em2
  • 4Em2Dm*
  • 2Dm*
  • 3Cm*
  • 3Am1
  • 3Am1Gm at 12

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Gm1 box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2 box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 4Em2Dm* box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 2Dm* box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Cm* box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1 box shape

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) : 3Am1Gm 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 - 3Am1Gm - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDC4BASS chain-linked sequence for the A minor arpeggio box shapes (3nps).


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

GuitarPro7 TAB: AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in Low E (EADG tuning)
A minor arpeggio (3nps)
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro6 TAB pdf

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AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes pdf

GuitarPro7 TAB pdf: AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapesGuitarPro7 TAB pdf: AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes

AGEDC4BASS : 4-string bass in standard EADG tuning
A minor arpeggio (3nps)
Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard notes

AGEDC4BASS A minor arpeggio (3nps) box shapes : fretboard intervals


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