Reading Open Strings

Finally! Today, you get to take the first steps into learning to read ACTUAL NOTES, not just those instructions that I wrote on earlier!

Consider where you are now from where you were when you began......Feels good, doesn't it?

Anyways, for today, you're going to be learning how to read the open strings on the bass in musical notation.

(For the vast majority of you, I'm going to assume that you have a four-string bass tuned E-G. These lessons can be moved and used on a bass with more or less strings, however.)

As you know, the Bass typically has 4 strings that are tuned E-A-D-G (from low to high). In standard musical notation in bass clef, that looks like this:

As well as on the neck of the Bass:

Adding the Low B and High C that are common on four and five string basses:

Since there really isn't a lot more to cover in this lesson, I'm going to leave this lesson for today.

Now is a great time to introduce my Exercises page (If you haven't been there already). On that page, you'll find a mix of practice sheets and exercises (Including one for this lesson) that will help to both re-enforce what you've just/already learned and provide some answers for any questions that you might have regarding these lessons.

When you're ready, you can move on to my Next Lesson.

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