Beginner Question...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mixman, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. Mixman


    Jun 17, 2002
    What's the best way to master the finger board? I've been playing for only a couple of months now, but I played the cello for 9 years. Cello strings go up in fifths, while the bass goes up in fourths. I play scales and arpeggios etc., but is there a secret to mastering where all the notes are and the best ways to play them? Thanks.
  2. just_a_poser


    Apr 20, 2002
    A cello has strings? Heh, shows how much I know.

    This is what one of my teachers tells me to do. On each string, play it open, then move up in half steps and call out the note you're playing, up to the twelfth fret, then go to the next string. Like...

    'E, F, F# G, G#, A' up until you reach E again, then do it on yout A string and so on.
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Gary Willis has a book called Fingerboard Harmony for Bass worth checking out.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Another recommendation for that book - good stuff.

    Nothing can beat a good teacher though.