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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AGEDBC octaves : 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) - 3nps : General

In BLOGoZON No.654 the box shapes for the A minor scale (aeolian mode)
were presented 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC) using the AGEDBC octaves methodology.

AGEDBC octaves logo: 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)

In this BLOGoZON we look at the A minor scale (aeolian mode), again, but with
3nps shapes and join them all together to form one long AGEDBC octaves chain.

The diagram that follows shows all seven of the AGEDBC octaves shapes for use with the
three notes per string patterns for a 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC).

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The AGEDBC octaves sequence is shown for A natural in the diagram that follows.

AGEDBC 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 (aeolian mode) notes plotted over the
6-string bass' fretboard in the AGEDBC octaves and GuitarPro6 manner.

AGEDBC octaves (6-string bass : Low B - BEADGC) A minor scale fingerboard notes

GuitarPro6 fingerboard : A minor scale (aeolian mode)

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 (aeolian mode) are detailed below in the AGEDBC octaves manner.

AGEDBC octaves (6-string bass : Low B - BEADGC) A minor scale fingerboard intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the
A minor scale (aeolian mode) in the AGEDBC octaves style.


AGEDBC octaves : 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) - 3nps : Box shapes pdf

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AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 4Am2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Gm2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Em3 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Em3Dm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Dm3Dm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Bm4Cm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Bm4Am2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 4Am2 box shape (3nps) pdf


AGEDBC octaves : 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) - 3nps : YouTube videos

  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 5Em3Dm1
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 6Bm4Am2
  • 4Am2 at 12

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Am2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Gm2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Em3 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 5Em3Dm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Dm3Dm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Bm4Cm1 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 6Bm4Am2 box shape

GuitarPro6 A minor scale 3nps : 4Am2 box shape at 12


  • 4Am2
  • 5Gm2
  • 5Em3
  • 5Em3Dm1
  • 6Dm3Dm1
  • 6Bm4Cm1
  • 6Bm4Am2
  • 4Am2 at 12

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 4Am2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Gm2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Em3 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 5Em3Dm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Dm3Dm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Bm4Cm1 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 6Bm4Am2 box shape (3nps) pdf

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode): 4Am2 box shape at 12 (3nps) pdf



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 - 4Am2 - being repeated at the 12th fret).

The video shown to the right demonstrates the AGEDBC octaves chain-linked sequence for the A minor scale 3nps box shapes.


The complete TAB for the previous exercise follows:-

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


The box shapes for the previous exercise follows:-

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps)

AGEDBC octaves : 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) - 3nps
Box shapes pdf & GuitarPro7 TAB pdf

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AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps) pdf

GuitarPro7 TAB: A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdfGuitarPro7 TAB: A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes pdf

AGEDBC octaves : 6-string bass (Low B - BEADGC)
A minor scale (aeolian mode) - 3nps
Overall fretboard box shapes

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps) : fretboard notes

AGEDBC octaves A minor scale (aeolian mode) box shapes (3nps) : fretboard intervals


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