How to Learn the Notes on the Bass Guitar /// Scott’s Bass Lessons

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In this lesson I’m going to cover a topic that pretty much everyone struggles with…

“How to learn the notes of the neck?!”

Don’t worry… I had the same issues as you.

I struggled to memorise where the notes were, and I also got stuck within the first 5 frets and couldn’t seem to move out of that area with confidence.

In this lesson I’m going to show you some great exercises to not only help you memorise the notes of the fingerboard – but also get out of those first 5 frets, with confidence!

I’m also going to tell you exactly what my thought process is when playing grooves or soloing… and weirdly, it’s NOT notes… sounds strange, right?

Well, I reveal all in this lesson.

In this lesson you’re going to learn:
– Why you should start vocalising the note names
– How to get out of the “first 5 frets” trap
– Using memorised patterns to help with note memorisation
– My exact thought process when grooving or soloing on the bass
– And as always, way more…


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  1. AnthonySluissi

    Again Thanks for this Scott! Defo, my online teacher!

  2. GamePlayWithNolan

    Time to annoy some people in my household.

  3. GamePlayWithNolan

    I found out thirds is easier on 1 string :)

  4. Now Im a guitarist who got a really great Ibanez bass. The guy who gave it to me told me playing the bass is easy for a guitarist with decent skills. I think this is true, especially when it comes to stuff like what this video is about. But Im curious what other real bass players think about it so whats your opinion?

  5. TicTacsAndBodySpray

    Hi Scott (and viewers) so I have a question. I am trying to learn notes on the bass but people say "Play a G#" and Im like okay which one? And they just kindda look at me like I am weird. Same when I try to read music. For example the E, it says E but how can I tell the E of which string?

  6. The Wumboligist Master

    You always breath so heavily in the intro

  7. Playing an instrument without knowing what the notes are is somewhat nutty but many if not a majority does it. They know some notes so it's a lesson that should be taught once a month. i'm gonna run through it cause it takes sometime for me to identify a random note. On a keyboard this doesn't happen.

  8. Personally, this has been the most helpful video I've seen. Thanks Scott!

  9. Totaly makes senses. Good lesson Scott, as always really. Back to the basic. The sheds where i live. Thx man.

  10. Giovonie Gallamore

    this video is literally a life saver.

  11. Great lesson. I personally found the best way to learn the notes on the neck was to read chord charts or notation. It was painfully slow and tiresome at first, but it was so worth it as I've progressed so much now. No pain, no gain!

  12. Isn't it c d e f g a H (not b) c?!?!

  13. Another amazing lesson – thank you!

  14. it's all the about memory"no matter what your learning.

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  16. it's that descending that gets ya!

  17. Finn V. Arthur

    Hold the phone, Scott. Are you telling me that I as a bass player need to know the notes above the first five frets? Now, that's a blasphemy!
    Pardon my horsing around, I do like your Bruce Lee-esque approach, i.e. "I'm not afraid of a man who's practiced ten thousand kicks once; I'm afraid of a man who's practiced one kick ten thousand times." Great lesson, cheers! ;)

  18. As far as turning ascending chromatic half-steps into notes, something that helped me A LOT is to just think "BE." Because those are the notes, B and E, that don't have sharps.

    I also have a major scale chant. "Root! Whole! Whole! Half! Whole, Whole, Whole, Half!"

  19. Eric Taillefond

    thank you

  20. Another thing saying the note names does is connect the sound of each note with its name, which I think is also tremendously helpful.

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