Online Bass Instruction with Rusty Springfield
Learn Your Fingerboard!

Learning to play by using hand positions is fine when you're just beginning, but you'll soon run into difficulty if you don't know the notes on your bass.

Take the time to memorize them a few frets at a time. Drill yourself on them everyday. Take mental "snapshots" of the fret positions so that you have them down cold.

To help you along, I've included a diagram of a bass fingerboard. To minimize the clutter, I've omitted the sharps and flats between notes.
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