Single String Studies for Five String Bass by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Single String Studies for 5 String Bass Guitar Volume One

Develop four aspects of learning bass guitar at the same time with Single String Studies for 5 String Bass Guitar Volume One

There are four aspects of learning the guitar that are particularly difficult to master. These are:

  • Learning the names of all the pitches found on the bass guitar.
  • Connecting the notes found on a music staff to their location on the fretboard.
  • Knowing where the notes are on the bass guitar by feel, not by sight.
  • Learning scales without relying on patterns.

The Single String exercises help you learn all four of these difficult techniques simultaneously with one exercise.

The exercises found in the book look deceptively simple but mastering them is one of the hardest things to do for any musician no matter what level they are on. At the same time this book can be used by beginner, intermediate or advanced students, because it is the speed at which you play the exercise that will determine the skill needed to play it correctly. A reminder that the Single String Studies for 5 String Bass Guitar books do require you to read music BUT the notes are all found on the same string for each exercise which actually makes it easier for a beginning student to master each exercise. All exercises use one rhythm: a repeating quarter note so you can spend all your energy playing the correct notes rather than worrying about various rhythms.

These concentrated exercises pay off with great dividends.

If you are having problems with:

  • Learning all the notes on the bass guitar.
  • Connecting the notes of the music staff to their position on the guitar fretboard.
  • playing notes on the bass guitar fretboard without looking at it.
  • Learning all the notes in common scales.

Then Single String Studies is your ticket to mastering these techniques.

Midifiles let you hear the correct pitches and you can control the speed of the exercise.

Midifiles let you hear the correct pitches and you can control the speed of the exercise.

Midifiles are included in the downloadable version of this book and are downloadable from the website for the physical version of this book. These files will help you check your accuracy. Students can also use this exercise for ear training if they incorporate the single string exercises and the audio files from MetroDrone.

A few minutes a day with this book will make a huge difference in your ability.

This book will:

  • Make negotiating the bass guitar fretboard second nature.
  • Help you learn how to connect music staff notation to your fretboard.
  • Help you learn the ledger line notes above and below the staff.
  • Help you learn all the notes in common scales.



  • Digital Edition IBSN: 978-1-59489-782-5
  • Physical Edition IBSN: 978-1-890944-95-7
  • 110 pages with downloadable midifiles to check accuracy.





  • It's very difficult to find books that give you any exercises for a five string bass so this book was a welcome addition to my study of the instrument. If you are trying to get used to that extra string this book is great for giving you exercises up and down the low B string to get you up and running. F. Bianchi
  • I found the single string and multiple string études in Single String Studies for 5 String Bass Guitar Volume One to be very helpful. Because each etude covers a different scale in a different key it was idea to helping me get these scales together in a linear fashion on the bass. A. Hoxha
  • I got into 5 string bass a few years ago but hadn't really worked on my reading skills. Getting the lower ledger lines together was killing me. You now how it is. You look at the note with all the freaking ledger lines above or below it and you just say "shoot me now." I had total approach-avoidance. But this book took care of both the low and high ledger line reading. It was great to run into this book, because it forced me to DEAL WITH IT. Now I feel like "Oh yeah, ledger lines? I laugh at you!!!!!" R. Wright.



Start Mastering the Bass Guitar Fretboard Today!


  • Because this book is used for so many varied reasons it's recommend to contact Mr. Arnold at the email at the bottom of this page for further recommendations.





  • Because this book is used for so many varied reasons it's recommend to contact Mr. Arnold at the email at the bottom of this page for further recommendations.



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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.