So like most of you I’m really a frigging know nothing idiot (well, most of you are probably better than that) so I’m hardly an expert. But I just bought Ariane Cap’s book music theory for the bass player. And just in the first 15 pages I’ve already picked up a bunch of eye opening tips, so I thought I would share them. Remember that Josh said that in his course music theory was what you need to know to start, so this is more in depth. I will try to update this as I go along.
The first thing I learned was (Josh also has a variation on this but this was actually a little easier for me):
Pick any note on your bass. Go ahead, do it.
Go up one string up 7 frets same note
Go up one string down 5 frets same note
Go down one string down 7 frets same note
Go down one string up 5 frets same note
Josh also told us to memorize the notes for:
E string dots 1,2,3: G,A,B
A string dots 1,2,3: C,D,E
Now skip up two frets to dots 2,3,4:
D string dots 2,3,4: G,A,B
G string dots 2,3,4: C,D,E
Symmetrical! Now you know almost all the notes on the top of the neck (and the bottom is the same!).
You could start your own course with this stuff
Hah! I’m just reading the book
Great stuff. Ariane Cap’s real good. I like her vids a lot.
You can follow along on your bass, if that helps.
so a quick review of what happened here. if you analyze the above post it covers every note above the 12th fret but F. but in the above we can see where E is on the A string and the G string, and we also know where the E string is. So we just go up one fret from there to find our F. so that just leaves the F on the D string. and we know where G is on the D string, so we just go down 2 frets to it (down to Gb, down to F). so now we have all the whole notes on all 4 strings on the top of the neck (above the 12th fret).
I haven’t bothered to memorize the sharps and flats yet because we already know where they are. but eventually I should know them in case the guitar player yells out A#, I don’t have to think “where’s an A” and its one fret up.
So now, let’s think about where these notes are all over the fretboard.
(If you have a bass that has 24 frets like my bongo, than this if for you. if not, skip this, because it will probably confuse you). if you have 24 frets, your bass can reach 3 octaves. this is rare. this means that on an E string you can play 3 E’s (open E string, 12 fret E string, 24 fret E string). the same is true for A, D, G on a 24 fret bass. otherwise, don’t worry about this.
So on most basses, on each string, you can only play a note 2 times.
(example: on the E string there are 2 G’s - 3rd fret G, and 15 fret G). And we already know that the fretboard repeats after the 12th fret. so, without even knowing it, we know the entire fretboard!!! we know where all the whole notes are A-G on each string on the upper fretboard from above. we know how to find the sharps and flats. we know the fretboard repeats after the 12th fret. ta-da!
@itsratso that’s a great book for learning music theory, I love it. Many people criticize it for being too much theory, but that depends on how important you think theory is to your development. I personally believe in music theory.
Ariane’s book is exactly the amount of theory I want to know and what I’ve learned in this course perfectly prepared me to jump in without fear or intimidation.