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Which c is = to middle c on piano?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by waytoodeep03, May 3, 2005.

  1. Total noob question here. I need to know where to start on a 5 string and when to use the b string in songs
  2. im pretty sure its the 17th fret on the G string, also ur low B on the 5 string is the second lowest white key on the piano
  3. Sounds about right to me. However, the 5th fret of the G string is written as middle C for bass music.
  4. pklima

    pklima Commercial User

    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Karoryfer Samples
    17th fret G string is correct. However, basses play an octave lower than written so if you're looking at bass music and see a middle C, that would be 5th fret G string.

    As for the B string, you can start by using it as a thumbrest most of the time and only occasionally play notes on it for a "special effect". You will soon figure out for yourself when the music calls for it and when it doesn't.

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