Where Are the Notes

Time to do it! Put in some work and learn where all those notes are on the upright bass.

Making it easy.

The terrain of the fingerboard on the Upright Bass can appear mysterious and daunting at first. There’s no frets or keys!

Luckily there’s a method utilizing positions that breaks up the fingerboard into manageable chunks that we can get into our muscle memory.

We will practice through each position, learn the appropriate fingerings, learn what the notes look like in notation, and eventually we’ll answer the question: “Where Are the Notes?”

Detailed focus on the ‘simplistic’ fundamentals that even people that have been playing for years could benefit from. Great for any experience level.

After completing this course, you will...

  • 📐know all the ‘positions’ on the neck
  • 🗣️ be able to say all the names of each note in each position
  • 🔍 know what each note looks like in musical notation 
  • 🔭 know where each note is in each position
  • 🖐️ know which fingers work where in each position
  • 📖 have a resource for learning, practicing, and understanding exactly where the notes are on the Double Bass
Let's do this!
"Fantastic basis that helps me alot in other stuff I practice."

Elvis S.

"Great presentation Bob. I love your sound and methodical approach."

Paul G.

Meet your teacher

Bob DeBoo is an in-demand performer on both the double and electric bass. Some of the projects he’s been involved with the last couple years include playing with David Sanborn’s Acoustic Quartet, Peter Martin, Geoffrey Keezer, Alarm Will Sound, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In Your Bones” Opera, James Carter, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, the 442s, the Adam Maness trio, the St. Louis Symphony, leading his own quartet, and much more.

Bob has also been a part of numerous Open Studio live concert events and courses. He is also highly active in education, having worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People program, JazzSTL’s JazzU program and teaches bass at Missouri State University, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, and Jefferson College.

See all of Bob's courses

What's in the course

Lessons

Welcome and 1/2 Position
  • 16 mins
  • 1.65 GB
1st and 2nd Positions
  • 19 mins
  • 1.96 GB
2 1/2 and 3rd Positions
  • 18 mins
  • 1.87 GB
3 1/2 and 4th Positions
  • 19 mins
  • 2.01 GB
5th and 5 1/2 Positions
  • 16 mins
  • 1.64 GB
6th Position and Conclusion
  • 9 mins
  • 971 MB

Worksheets

1/2 Position Worksheet
  • 72.3 KB
1st Position Worksheet
  • 71.8 KB
2nd Position Worksheet
  • 72.5 KB
2 1/2 Position Worksheet
  • 75.1 KB
3rd Position Worksheet
  • 72.3 KB
3 1/2 Position Worksheet
  • 73.9 KB
4th Position Worksheet
  • 73.3 KB
5th Position Worksheet
  • 75.2 KB
5 1/2 Position Worksheet
  • 79.5 KB
6th Position Worksheet
  • 77.4 KB

Audio Versions of Lessons

Welcome and 1/2 Position
  • 16 mins
  • 7.47 MB
1st and 2nd Positions
  • 19 mins
  • 8.77 MB
2 1/2 and 3rd Positions
  • 18 mins
  • 8.38 MB
3 1/2 and 4th Positions
  • 19 mins
  • 8.89 MB
5th and 5 1/2 Positions
  • 16 mins
  • 7.38 MB
6th Position and Conclusion
  • 9 mins
  • 4.41 MB