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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Beginner Craig, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Beginner Craig

    Beginner Craig

    Jan 7, 2020
    I’ve spotted these fretmarkers on amazon. I guess they can help you find notes faster. Is it sort of cheating? I’m thinking if I tryed these I would reply on then too much and not progress? What are you guys thoughts?


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  2. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Dunno, I guess they're like training wheels. I can't say weather they're good or bad. The only fret markers I'm familiar with are these, and THEY are definitely good :) >

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  3. Hey. i had to put stickers on the side markers on my white Thunderbird. The factory markers were tiny and my eyesight isn't what it used to be :)
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  4. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    Yeah, don't get those. They do have a niche in cognitive disabilities, but beyond that I think you're right in thinking it'd be a crutch you don't need, and actually work against you.
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  5. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Supporting Member

    The fretboard note stickers are fine when you're learning to read music, and they're easily removable once no longer needed. No harm, no foul.

    I'm a sucker for block inlays, so am no stranger to putting stickers on my fretboards.
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  6. Me too. My Affinity P before and after.

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  7. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i think it depends on how you learn stuff and whether or not you have the ability to both use them for what they are, and at the same time, 'see passed them' to absorb your fingerboard/note positions. e.g., it's the difference between looking for a letter 'G' vs. looking for where the 'G' actually is on the board.

    i don't think it's a bad thing to use them, but i'd question their value for some. good luck learning your fingerboard! :thumbsup:
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  8. Beginner Craig

    Beginner Craig

    Jan 7, 2020
    Yeah I think I’ll stick to learning it the traditional way. I’ve learned the “Money Notes” so far. Only been playing two days. The Fender videos ate pretty good
  9. How could you read them while playing ? I find looking at side dots uncomfortable,those would be 100 x worse.
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  10. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    you already have dots on the side .. i'd learn what notes are on which dots .. then fill in the gaps ...

    it's hard to try and look at the fretboard as if you're looking at it straight on .. !? we see it from the side while playing , and we slowly get a feel for where those notes are hiding .. !! use your ears .. !! the correct note is only a half step away .. !!
  11. Garret Graves

    Garret Graves website- ggbassplayer.com Gold Supporting Member

    May 20, 2010
    Arcadia, Ca
    Agree with what DavC said, learn the notes associated with the side dots- those are always there and you are well underway!
  12. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    Writing the notes on the fretboard worked for Paul Simonon!
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  13. tzdroik

    tzdroik Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    Western Wisconsin
    Can be helpful, but better to learn notes by muscle memory and position. Been playing about 10 years and part of my practice routine weekly is saying notes on the fretboard while I play modes for different keys. That helps me.
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  14. xI Jonathan Ix

    xI Jonathan Ix

    Jan 8, 2020
    As long as your plan is to actively get to the point where you will remove them because you’ve committed the positions/notes to memory, learn whichever way works best for you. I see patterns instead of notes and I just learned to translate when I need to. Everyone’s different.
  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I use fretboard stickers

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  16. BrianRoze


    Aug 23, 2006
    Western Mass
    You'd develop a bad posture habit trying to read them.

    I had to beef up my side markers as well, easier to see with aging eyes on dark stages.
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  17. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    I can see them for early learning - why not?

    I have also put larger side stickers on a couple of basses where the stock dots were too small to see on stage. Cheap and work well!! I put a layer of clear fingernail polish on them for reinforcement.
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  18. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I don't have any position markers on any of my basses on the fingerboard - I don't play hunched over the thing, so they do me no good there. I do, however, play on a lot of dark stages, and my basses mostly have roasted (somewhat dark) necks, so.... position markers.jpg
  19. Murmaid


    Dec 18, 2019
    New Yawk
    OMG, I love this so much! Kitty bass!
  20. Bodeanly


    Mar 20, 2015
    I’m all for anything that helps people learn the names of notes. I can’t hang with folks who only call out which fret on which string. I say get the stickers and remove them when you know you know.
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