Essential Secrets 11: Figure Out the Fingerboard
Figure Out the Fingerboard
Knowing where every note is saves huge amounts of time
The note locations on a fretboard seem downright inscrutable. Plenty of bassists are in the dark about where specific notes are located, and these musicians are working at an enormous disadvantage. You’ll see these bass players counting their way up the fingerboard, hunting for the next note in their bass line. When they try to solo or learn a lick off a recording, they’re baffled by where to put their fingers.
It’s time you pull back the veil of secrecy surrounding your fretboard. To speed up learning new songs and to be as efficient as possible, you need to know where to find any note on your bass. This includes the notes between the seventh and twelfth frets, an area that many bassists avoid.
Here’s the good news: There’s not as much information to master as you may think. You only have to learn up to the twelfth fret. After that, the pattern of notes repeats itself exactly. For instance, if a note is located at the fourth fret, that same note (one octave higher) will appear four frets beyond the twelfth fret on the same string.
Think of all the advantages you’ll have by understanding the fingerboard thoroughly:
· Confidence: You’ll never feel inadequate if you’re familiar with every area of the fretboard.
· Versatility: You’ll be able to play a lick anywhere, use the best fingerings, and get the exact tone you desire.
· Solos: You won’t feel limited in your note choices or feel stuck in only one part of the fingerboard.
· Slides: You’ll be able to jump up to the perfect high note and glissando back to a big low note in your bass groove.
If you’re serious about getting good quickly, know the fretboard. This knowledge will speed up the learning process and allow you to make the most of every minute you spend playing your bass.
Books by David Motto:
THE TEN MINUTE
FOR ELECTRIC BASS
COMPLETE 3-VOL. SET