Fretboard Knowledge

Finding Notes

To be able to navigate the neck you only need to learn the dotted notes on the E and A strings, and then learn the octave shapes. That's because:

- Knowing the dots on the lower strings means you're never more than one note away from a note you know.

- The octave shape (2 frets and 2 strings) means you can access the D and G strings through the lower strings.

Building Pentatonic Scales

Going a step further we can now start to fill out the notes from our major and minor pentatonic scales. The pentatonic is a great scale to use to create phrases throughout your basslines and are the primary shapes used in blues bass playing.

Major Pentatonic Degrees - 1 2 3 5 6

Minor Pentatonic Degrees - 1 b3 4 5 b7

Full Major Scale

Complete Major Pentatonics

Complete Minor Pentatonics