Bass Guitar Notes Chart
Learning the bass guitar notes is one of the very first things you should do when learning to play bass. The way that the bass guitar fretboard works is quite simple once you get the hang of it. So lets get started!
Step 1) Learning The Open String Bass Guitar Notes
To start with we are going to learn the notes of the open strings. As you can see in the diagram above the notes are E, A, D and G. The E is the thickest string on your bass and the G the thinest.
A method some people use to learn the open strings is to come up with a saying, some like “Every Adult Dog Growls”. Feel free to come up with your own and use what ever works for you.
Step 2) Understanding The Bass Guitar Notes On The Fretboard
So now that we have looked at the names of the notes on the open strings, we can take a look at the bass guitar notes on the fretboard.
To understand the relationship between the notes we first need to know the muscial alphabet.
A, A#/Bb, B, C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab, A
The musical alphabet goes from A to G and then back to A again. In between some of the notes and sharps, represented by the ‘#’ symbol and flat which use the ‘b’ symbol.
The way the bass guitar notes on the fretboard works is that you start with the open string and then each fret you move along you simply move one step up the musical alphabet. If we take a look at the open A string on the bass guitar notes diagram at the top of this page you will see that it follows the musical alphabet exactly from start to finish. The other strings do the same but start at different places. It’s important to remember that once you get to G#/Ab that the next note is back to A again.
Step 3) Mastering The Bass Guitar Notes
So now that we know the names of the open string and we know how the notes on a bass fretboard work we can begin to master them. Learning them off by heart is something that every bass player should do.
Here is a good tip for learning the bass notes:
When you play bass lines you already know try saying the notes outload (or in your head) as you play each note. This will help you to memorize their location on the fretboard.
By following these 3 steps you should be well on your way to learning all of the bass notes fretboard notes.
If you have any comments or questions please post them at the bottom of this page.
- Tom Boyd