How to Master Your Bass Fretboard – The 4+2 Positioning Concept /// Bass Lesson with Scott Devine

How to Master Your Bass Fretboard - The 4+2 Positioning Concept /// Bass Lesson with Scott Devine

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So first of all just let me come clean – I did not come up with this concept. It was shown to me by the amazing bass player Gary Willis, who I was lucky enough to study with many years ago.

Gary is very ‘visual’ in the way he maps out the fretboard – and that was great for me, as I’m also a very visual learner. I absolutely do not have a million note names flying through my head while I’m playing… my thought process is this:

1. What’s the root note of the moment?
2. What’s the quality of the chord? i.e. major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th etc etc

I then assign the correct arpeggio (or scale if relevant) shape to the root note.

I have multiple arpeggio/scale fingering patterns memorised, approximately 3 for each chord type, which gives me the ability to have the ‘correct shape’ under my fingerings wherever I am on the fingerboard, regardless of what the chord type is.

If you want to find out about this in greater detail, you should check out my full scales and arpeggio course as it’s over 10+ hours long and takes you through a comprehensive step by step approach of how to map out the arpeggios and scales in this way.

So what’s the big secret?…

What helps me tie all of this knowledge together is the 4+2 positioning concept that I’m going to show you in this lesson.

The 4+2 fingering concept is a fantastic way of mapping out your key centres on the fingerboard, and organising the huge amount of information we have to deal with when playing into more manageable chunks.

If you use and practice this concept the correct way (as I’m about to show you in this lesson), it will also help you greatly in learning where all the notes of the fingerboard are.

So without further a due, let’s jump into this lesson!

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott 🙂


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  1. Are these some special bass gloves or any similar would do ?

  2. 'One middle C' on a piano is actually three strings and, if, like me, you can tune a piano, there's plenty you can do to the string/hammer combo.

  3. Best one yet!!…thanks for that lesson mate!!…

  4. This was very helpful. Yep! I made a great decision joining. No looking back now. Thank you for a great lesson.

  5. Guénolé de Hemmer

    Hey Thanks a lot for your work !! Just to warn you that i downloaded the files on your website, but the video doesn't work after … must be a program issue you should check 😉

  6. 2:05 What model is this red amp in the background?

  7. Merry Christmas and a Happy New year Scott

  8. Annoying

  9. Can I take my helmet off now?

  10. I find it useful to use youtube's Speed feature, setting videos to .5 for half speed. It's easier to see his fingers move. However, it makes me chortle, because Scott sounds drunk.

  11. The glove is strange. I'm not wearin' that shit in concert. I'm a don't need that shit, to do a damn bit o' anything else.

  12. Did anybody else get here from a link in a Bass fishing tournament?…….. :0

  13. He wears the glove to retain the bodyheat he loses by not having hair.

  14. "They found me" :'D

  15. I’m a keyboard player and one thing that’s helping me with fretboard is knowing my numbers (I to V and so on). I’ve been recognizing patterns.

  16. I’m just beginning with the bass and I don’t understand any of these terms in a lot of video’s. I don’t really know where to start, does anyone have tips for me? Which video’s to watch for example.

  17. Fantastic stuff!

  18. Those have got to be the biggest strings I've ever seen…on a hoodie! Thanks for the vid!

  19. New theme music plz it's time

  20. Will my fingers stretch out more over time ?

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