Reading Everything to the 7th Fret

So far, you've gained the ability to play a vast selection of all sorts of pieces of music on your Bass. Since a lot of Bass parts happen within the first five or so frets, you are able to read quite a few pieces now.

However, there is still a large amount of the neck left to cover.With more notes, though, come more options and more opportunities to play things the way that YOU want to instead of sticking to just a certain part of the neck.

Luckily, you only need to learn a pair of new notes and a couple new places to play notes that you already know to complete this lesson.

Today, we're going to play up to the 7th fret.

Now, for the E, A and D strings, you already know the notes that we're going to play since they're the same as the ones on the first two frets of the A, D and G strings, respectively.

On the E string, the sixth fret is the note "A#/Bb". This is exactly the same as the first fret on the A string. The note on the 7th fret of the E string is "B".

I want to take this time to point out a quick "Hot tip" that might help you quite a bit........

Take a look at both the fifth and 7th frets here:

You'll notice that the fifth fret is the same as the open string just above it. If you want a quick way to learn to read this part of the neck, just move your hand to the fifth fret and play everything one string down, fretting the fifth fret instead of hitting an open string.

For example, lets take a look at a bit of music here:

You can play this in TWO spots on the neck: the first position (open strings) and the fifth position (fifth fret). This is one quick way to practice learning this part of the neck.

Want one more "hot tip"?

The seventh fret is the same note as the open string below it. It makes going up the neck easier and a bit quicker. Using the seventh fret as the octave is useful in a lot of situations where you have to play notes higher than a high C.

Playing an open string and then hitting the seventh fret octave is a staple of funk basslines as you'll see if you decide to delve into them deeper.

Here is a quick example:

Anyways, back to the next few new notes......

Heading up to the A string, the sixth fret note is a "D#/Eb" and the seventh fret is an "E"

The D has a "G#/Ab" sitting on the sixth fret while an "A" sits on the seventh.

The G string is where your new notes for today lie (As they will continue to until the 12th fret). On the sixth fret, we have a "C#/Db" and on the seventh fret, we have a "D".

Well, that's all for today. Remember to visit my Exercises page to get some practice on what you've learned today.

Once you feel good and ready, head on over to my Next Lesson. See you there!

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