Bass Lesson One  Building a rock groove (using quarter notes)

Playing the note of ‘A’ on a different string

Playing an A on the E string at the 5th Fret

Playing an A on the E string at the 5th fret.

You will find that you can play the same notes on different parts of the bass guitar. For example, you can play the note of A at the fifth fret of the E string (4th string). However, you need to use your left hand as well as your right this time.

Put your first finger (index) on the E string at the fifth fret. Look at your bass and you will see that the fifth fret has a dot on it. The fifth fret is at the second dot along the neck.

If you look at the picture below you will see that the frets are counted from the head stock of the bass guitar, rising in number as they approach the body of the bass guitar. For ease, we have positioned a red dot on the picture to show you where your fretting finger goes on the neck.

Now that we are playing by placing our finger on the fretboard, we are playing what is called a fretted string. Use the accompanying multimedia files to again see and hear what the next exercise is asking you to do.

Figure 2. A on the E string at the 5th fret

Figure 2: A on the E string at the 5th Fret

Exercise 2. Playing an A on the E string at the 5th fret

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Next: Understanding ‘root’ notes.