My Bass Notes

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Most notes require 2 half steps to get to the next note. For example C goes to C# before getting to D. So that takes 2 frets. However there are no half steps between B and C or E and F. This means there is no such thing as a C flat (or B#) or an F flat (or E#).

If you are on a note (let’s say E on the 4th string) you can hit another E on the next string (3rd string) by either dropping (moving closer to the nut) 5 frets (to get the same E) or 7 steps up from the current fret (to get the next octave) on the next string.

If you use only open strings and frets 1 through 11, every note available happens once on each string.

If a base has 24 frets, each string is capable of 2 octaves. So for E string, it’s E on the open string, one octave up on the 12th fret is the next E and another octave up on the 24th fret is another E.
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