Bass Guitar Notes and Learning How to Play Them


This post is aimed at assisting the novice bass guitar player to understand the notes of the bass guitar. If you wish To play bass guitar you will want to understand the names of 7 notes and their places found on the bass guitar fretboard. Once you recognize where the notes are you’ll automatically recognize where the sharps and flats are positioned. Playing bass is an simple to discover talent from a technical point of view. After all, for the bass guitar you never should discover chords. At smallest not at the begin. While you’re understanding the notes found on the fretboard you can commence immediately on understanding the bass components to a few of your favorite tunes from tabs. The big task before you is getting the ability to take your spot as a element of the group you may be in. Understanding the notes is a begin, understanding them thus that you thus not need to consider them takes time and practice.

Here are the notes as they appear found on the bass guitar fretboard:

G|—G#—|—A—|—A#—|—B—|—C—|—C#—|—D—|—D#—|—E—|—F—|

D|—D#—|—E—|—F—|—F#–|—G—|—G#—|—A—|—A#—|—B—-|—C—|

A|—A#—|—B—|—C—|—C#–|—D—|—D#—|—E—|—F—-|—F#—|—G—|

E|—F—-|—F#–|—G—|—G#–|—A—|—A#—|—B—|—C—-|—C#—|—D—|

You might see that I have created the sharp signal (#) on the diagram of the bass fretboard. You probably already know that one man’s sharp is another man’s flat according to which key the song is in. For instance F# could also be called Gb (G flat) because it is both the note above F and the note below G. Easy to understand but complicated to explain.

Usually you begin learning bass guitar by using the E and A strings to play the bass line of some easy songs. You could begin by simply memorizing where the notes are but it will help if you set yourself the task of learning a song or two. Your memory always appreciates some help from your body and your feelings, so trying to learn some songs will help you get the notes under your skin. You will note that I have only given you the first ten frets. You will see that this is one octave on each string. Once you have the notes on those frets off by heart, the remaining notes will be much easier to learn.

If you take a look at the diagram of the fretboard, you will see that the note at the fifth fret of the E string (A) is the note on the next open string, so once you play up to the fifth fret, you can either continue playing up the neck or you  can start playing the notes on the next string. If you have already learnt to play the guitar this will not be a surprise to you. Now that I have explained the basics, if your head is spinning a little, just go back to the simplicity of what you are learning: four strings, four octaves made up of seven notes.

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