Here you can download, save and print our blank 5 string bass neck diagram in PDF format. You can use bass neck diagrams to write down scale patterns, new chords that you discover, or to help you better understand intervals. To download our free blank 5 string bass neck diagram template, simply right-click on the link below, and select “Download Linked File”.
How To Use A Blank 5 String Bass Neck Diagram
Use A Blank 5 String Bass Neck Diagram to Memorize the Fretboard
There are several ways to use a blank 5 string bass neck diagram. First, you can write down all of the notes in the chromatic scale on the diagram. I would do this two different ways, using the chromatic scale in sharps, and then again in flats. Next, I would write out all of the natural notes on the bass neck diagram. This exercise will help you see important patterns and relationships on the bass. This is especially important for bass players who are new to playing a 5 string bass.
Use A Blank 5 String Bass Neck Diagram To Learn Chords and Arpeggios
Next, a blank 5 string bass neck diagram can be used to map out various symmetrical arpeggios. Recall that an arpeggio is a broken chord. Once again, playing 5 string bass takes more study than a 4 string bass simply because there are far more notes on the bass neck (Think 4 strings x 24 frets, vs. 5 strings x 24 frets = 24 additional notes). Thus, using the blank 5 string bass neck diagram to map out notes from chords and arpeggios can save you vast amounts of time and frustration. This will help you memorize arpeggio shapes faster, and to also recognize what chord is being played when you arpeggiate. If you can understand the chord that you are playing, then you will also know where that chord fits into a scale, or a key signature.
Use A Blank 5 String Bass Neck Diagram To Memorize Scales
Finally, you can use a blank 5 bass neck diagram to map out scales on the bass. Scales are obviously going to be different on a 5 string bass, so it is even more important to recognize octaves and other patterns.
I would start by mapping out my favorite scales across the entire diagram, and using one color for the root notes and another color for the rest of the scale. For example, if I wanted to map out the C major scale (which has the notes C, D, E, F, G, A and B), then I would use the color red for all of the “C” notes, and the color black or blue for the rest of the notes (D, E, F, G, A and B) in the scale.