Reading Music on the Electric Bass
Standard Notation - Primer
Music is written on what is called a staff, which consists of
5 lines and the 4 spaces between those lines.
Notes are written either on the line or in a space.
Music for bass is written in what is called bass
clef. It is also sometimes referred to as F clef.
This is because the symbol itself looks like the letter F, and
also the 2 dots in the clef surround the F note on the staff.
Notes that are outside of the range of the staff's lines and
spaces use and extension of the staff called a ledger line.
Music is divided into sections called measures by
vertical lines called bar lines.
A final double bar line is used indicates the end
of a piece of music.
A repeat sign is used to play a section of music
again. (Looks the same as a final double bar line only with 2
Here are the dumb little sayings to remember the
names of the notes on the staff. The lines are Good, Boys,
Do, Fine, Always, and the spaces are All,
Cows, Eat, Grass. Avoid it as much as possible.
the notes on the open strings of the bass