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5 String Bass Guitar Fret Notes Chart

Knowing where every note is on the electric bass guitar fret board is very important if you want to evolve into more than what I calls a parrot bass player. I am talking about someone who learns the bass line for a piece of music by ear and just plays it like a parrot. He doesn’t know which notes he is playing or what key the music is even in. This person is really limited by his lack of knowledge. A good memory of the fretboard on the bass will make you much more versatile and put you in more control of your playing.

5 String Bass Guitar Fret Chart

The chart above shows all of the bass notes up to the 23rd fret. Try to memorize all of these notes you will find it a bit overwhelming, but worth it. Sadly, many bass players wouldn’t be able to name any notes above the fifth fret. The best way to learn these is to pick a a note such as A and remember every location on the fretboard. You will see the same order the notes follow and it will better help locate notes on your bass guitar quicker.

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