Learning your bass fretboard notes doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
0:59 - Why The Money Notes?
1:32 - Step 1: Musical Alphabet
6:12 - Step 2: Open Strings
7:21 - Step 3: The Money Notes
13:36 - Step 4: Sharps n’ Flats
16:03 - Put It Together
17:58 - Playalong
If you’re doing the Beginner to Badass course, this lesson would fit nicely during Module 6 (although you’ll already know the musical alphabet from back in Module 3).
Notes on the Piano KeyboardThe best way to visualize the musical alphabet is on the piano keyboard.
- The white keys are named with the letters ABCDEFG (and then back to A, in a continuous loop).
- As you go to higher sounding notes, you go forwards in the alphabet
- If you’re going to lower sounding notes, you reverse the alphabet (AGFEDCBA)
- Black keys are named with sharps (#) and flats (b)
- Sharps raise notes, flats lower them
The Natural Notes on the First Four Frets
- In standard tuning, your open strings are EADG (Eat And Drink Grapes )
- There are three natural notes (no sharp or flat in the name) on each string in our “money zone” of the first four frets
- Memorizing these is a great starting point to be able to find any note someone calls out to you
All The Money Notes on the Bass Fretboard
- Moving a fret = moving one piano key
- You can find any money note by starting on a natural you have memorized, and then moving one fret
For those who already know their fretboards, what method did you use to learn it?