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Learning The Fingerboard Of The Six-String Bass

Learning The Fingerboard Of The Six-String Bass

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Learning The Fingerboard Of The Six-String Bass

Learning The Fingerboard Of The Six-String Bass

“Learning The Fingerboard Of The Six-String Bass” by bassist and author, David Gross.

David Gross shares…

Is this just another fingerboard chart? Well no. I have to tell you how this book came to be.

About a month ago, a friend of mine turned me on to an incredible video by upright bassist Larry Grenadier. I was absorbed in his demonstration of the myriad ways he could go up and down the fretboard using a variety of different fingerings. He really knew his neck!

It dawned on me that there are so many charts, etc. of the six-string bass but, I do not recall having ever seen one with practical applications. It got me thinking. What if I could put together a book that could give many possibilities for traveling up and down the neck with just the C Major scale

Also, what if I told you that there were: 13 B’s; 13 C’s; 13 D’s; 13 E’s; 12 F’s; 12 G’s; 12 A’s on a 2-octave six-string bass. And…what if I asked you, “Do you know where they all are?” What would you say?

Exactly! That is why I have created this book and that is why I want to thank Larry Grenadier for his inspiration!

Next question: Why just the key of C Major?

Well, I figure if you know where all the notes in the C Major scale are, you are just a half step away from knowing where all 12 notes in the chromatic scale are. But let’s first learn where all 7 of the notes in the C Major scale are first.

What I am about to embark on is very simple in theory, but not so simple in practice. I suggest going through this book slowly and methodically. Set aside 20-30 minutes a day to working through the exercises and be consistent.

Working for two hours one day and none the next is not a wise practice routine. Every day is the best way to do it and you will see noticeable improvement I can promise you!

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