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Notes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Ace_Frehley, Oct 16, 2004.


  1. COuld someone tell me or direct me to a website that would tell me how to play the notes on a Bass such as "b" or "c" I am a beginner and would appreciate the help.
     
  2. 5stringDNA

    5stringDNA

    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I don't really know many sites- I forget to bookmark stuff- but here are some basic things to help get you started:

    If you are playing a standard 4-string, the line below the bass clef is your lowest note- the open "E" string.
    Your open "A" string is the bottom space in the bass clef, as is the 5th fret on your E string.
    Your open "D" string is the third line from the bottom of the bass clef, or the middle line of the clef, as is the 5th fret on your A string.
    Your open "G" string is the top or fourth space from the bottom of the bass clef, as is the 5th fret on the A string.

    When comparing notes to frets, remember that each note skips a fret, except for when you go E-F or B-C. For example- if you are on the "A" string, the placement would be like this:
    A= Open string
    Bb(B flat) OR A# (A sharp)= 1st fret
    B(Cb)= 2nd fret
    C(B#)=3rd fret
    Db or C#= 4th fret
    D=5th fret

    Note- B# and Cb are the SAME NOTE, as are E# and Fb, they are just written differently. You will learn why further down the road.

    The bass clef notes look like this on paper:

    ----Middle C--- (1string, 5th fret)

    B (1st string, 4th fret)
    |----A--------| (1st string, 2nd fret)
    | G | (1st string OR 2nd string 5th fret)
    |----F--------| (2nd string, 3rd fret)
    | E | (2nd string, 2nd fret)
    |----D--------| (2nd string OR 3rd strign 5th fret)
    | C | (3rd string, 3rd fret)
    |----B--------| (3rd string, 2nd fret)
    | A | (3rd string OR 4th string 5th fret)
    |----G--------| (4th string, 3rd fret)
    F (4th string, 1st fret)
    ---E---- (4th string)

    To play a sharp (#) of any of these notes, go up one fret.
    To play a flat (b) of any note, go down one fret.

    I hope this helps you out a bit and didn't confuse you :).
     
  3. come on Ace, they are the same as guitar...btw, i love "detroit rock city"


    sorry...couldn't help it... :D
     
  4. picknslap

    picknslap

    Sep 9, 2004
    Manteca
    starting on the E-string, each fret is a half step apart

    E l F l F#/Gb l G l G#/Ab l A l A#/Bb l B l C l C#/Db l D l D#/Eb l E

    Notice: E has no sharp, F has no flat. B has no sharp, C has no flat.

    now just start on whatever note and go through the musical alphabet (ABCDEFG)

    For instance, the A string is

    A l A#/Bb l B l C l C#/Db l D l D#/Eb l E l F l F#/Gb l G l G#/Ab l A

    Do you see the pattern? I recommend picking up some books, Music Reading for Bass from MI Press is a good one.

    I am no teacher, and I'm not very good with words, so this probably makes no sense, but I tried.