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Alright, the next thing that we are going to go to is note reading. And knowing the notes on the bass up the 12th fret. The bass is divided up each one of these frets are a particular note and they move in half steps. Depending on what chromatic you use, they can either be called sharps or flats. For purposes right now, I am going to alternate calling them one note and I will tell you what the two notes are, sharps and flats. Getting into scales is like a later lesson. We really need to know what our notes on, and like when you first starting off, I would subdivide the bass. At first, I would move up to – I would learn up to the fifth fret, (Music Demo) one, two, three, four, five. Let us say, why did I pick that number? Because at the fifth fret, it is going to get a little confusing when I go from this note up to this note, (Music Demo) that is also this note. So you can see every fifth fret is the next string. We are talking about the E string. That is our first and lowest string on the four-string bass. The lowest string on the five-string bass is the B string.
We will talk about that when you download the chart from Icons of Rock, it will have the notes if the B string also. But for right now, we are just going to do with the four-string and tell you the notes of the four string. Like I say, when you subdivide it into, how can I learn my bass the easiest? Do not sit down and say, “Okay, I got to learn every note on the bass.” Because I tell you, I still have to look and say, “Oh yes, that is that.” Because, that is just the way it is.
Yes, I am familiar and I will not get lost because I know how to subdivide my bass and I know how to figure out where the notes are no matter how many frets I have. This fret board of this four-string is an octave in a half. My five-string is two octaves. When you say octaves, you can rate to learn what an octave is.
So we want to first learn up to the fifth fret. And why the fifth fret? Because if you learn the notes from the bottom which is the open string and then up to the fifth fret, the fifth fret is the next string, so I go from here to here, the second string is A string. So, I know that that is A. So right there, I have learn two notes. I know that the open one is E, the fifth fret is A, which is the next string, so I have learn another note. Then if I go on the A string and go up to the fifth fret, I have learn that that is the next strings, so that is the D string. So we get cheat, just look on a pack of G strings, know that your basses, E, A, D, G, so right there, you learn four notes. But you have actually learn, eighth notes because you know eight places to plan. So the E right there, the A is right there and that is also my next string and then the D string, I go up the fifth fret here, the D string is also the next string and then the D go up to the fifth fret is G and that is the G string.
We are going to start with the E sting. We are going to go E, the bass is divided up into half steps. So after would be F. The next note would be F Sharp or G Flat. The next note would be G. The next one would be G Sharp or A Flat and then the next note would be A, okay. So there on the E string up to the fifth fret. We have E, F, F Sharp are G Flat, G Sharp are A Flat and then A. So, E, F, F Sharp or G Flat, G Sharp or A Flat and A, okay. Those notes would get up to the fifth fret. That is all we want to get up to when we first begin.
When you download my note chart from Icons of Rock, we would get the rest of the notes caring you all the way up to the 12th fret, and you wondered why when we first start off why you had to do the exercises up to the 12th fret, because the 12th fret is an octave. So that means that there is 12 notes to make an octave. So this note (Music Demo) is the low E and then if I go 12th fret higher. There is the E an octave higher. So, the open string and the 12th fret are the same note, but the 12th fret is an octave higher. So, open E and E in octave higher is the 12th fret.