Since May, I have pretty seriously studying bass with a teacher to catch with things I should have learned long ago. One thing that I have been working on is remembering the names of notes when reading music. This may sound goofy, but for years I could get by above the seventh fret by knowing where pitches were when reading, even if I did not remember note names. Friday, I downloaded a chart of bass clef notes for a grand piano. Looking at it, I realized that C on the fifth fret of the G string is the same as Middle C on a piano. That same C is on the tenth fret of the D, and fifteenth of the A string. Even without formal knowledge I knew that bass guitar was capable of functioning quite well as more of a baritone instrument as opposed to a true bass given how clean chords and double stops sound in the upper register. A B string simply allows the bass guitar more room to function in the true bass realm instead heading into baritone territory. That said, the great majority of popular music memorable basslines were created on "limited" four string bases. I know I did not miss any of my fives playing at church today on my Fernandes Atlas Stingray clone.