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DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass

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This is lesson DB-11 Position Numbering on the Double Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  See the video for a few pointers about the unique aspects of left hand positions on the neck of the double bass compared to electric bass.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Being a convert, coming from electric bass and guitar world, to the double bass, I had a tough time understanding the Simandl position numbering system.  It seems illogical and hard to remember to me.  I decided upon a compromise.  Since I expect that I may come across Simandl numbering in some orchestral arrangements, I studied his system enough to know the major landmarks, half position, ……etc..  But when I am playing, I still think in half step terms and visualize the fret arrangement on an electric bass.  See the video for more info!

Here’s a cross reference table.

Bass Neck Position Numbers Rev B


  • Yay! I’ve finally found aenthor piece that I can play. Before this, all I could play was smoke on the water, Ode to joy and twinkle twinkle little star.


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