I went out and got me a Hal Leonard book so I can finally learn notes and get some kind of reading ability after playing by tabs and ear all this time. I'm well learned in vocal shape notes and song, and the same terminology is used for those note lengths, but of course you can't beat 4 or 2 on a vocal note. The time is going by hand beating. With bass i'm having trouble. I'm wondering if it's the same. A 1/4 note gets 1 beat. That I understand. A 1/2 note gets 2 beats. A whole note gets 4 beats. So my question is, am I plucking the string 2 times for a 1/2, and 4 times for a whole? Or am I plucking one time for each and letting that note ring for 2 beats and 4 beats? Thanks.