I just noticed something about musical notation that I did not pay any attention before.
I have been playing the Jazz Standard “So What” from Miles Davis for some months now. On my bass I find it quite comfortable to put my index finger on D on the E string and move down the scale from there for the “Head” (chorus).
But now looking at the musical notation from the real book
(with my limited reading knowledge) I see that the first “D” somehow should have been lower than my “Open E” since as far as I know the Open E is supposed to be two notes under the staff…
All the bass lessons on youtube seem to use the open D or any other equivalent fretted note on the fretboard… So how was this supposed to be handled?
Should I be transposing everything one octave higher like that ?