A: We are working on a chart that shows all the notes on the fretboard, and hopefully that will become available soon.
However, in the meantime, in the Method Book #1, in the Appendix, you will find some blank fretboard graphs, which can be photo-copied. These are only 8 frets long, and don’t cover the entire fretboard, but of course one can stick several together. In the Owner’s Guide it gives the tuning at Fret Two, so it becomes a simple matter to extend the notes up the fretboard.
A SIMPLER WAY TO LEARN THE FRETBOARD
In ‘Easy Touch-Style Bassics’ — available many places, and free as a bonus with MegaTapper Newsletter subscription — we present a recommended ‘starting place’ for learning.
If you follow our suggested starting place of placing your left hand over bass strings just above the double-dots at fret two, and placing your right hand over melody strings just above the double-dots at fret twelve, then the notes beneath your two hands are exactly identical. This approach allows you to simply focus on an initial nine notes (though the others beneath the hand can easily be filled in), and if you begin your experimentation there, then by the time you have a handle on that position, you will probably discover that other positions up and down the fretboard become rather obvious.
HERE IS THE KEY
The double dots are spaced the distance of a fourth apart, and the strings are tuned a fourth apart.
This means that, if you have placed your right hand just above double-dots on melody strings above fret twelve, then if you move *up* the fretboard to the next double-dots position, you have in effect dropped all the notes one string lower. So the notes originally on the bottom string have vanished, and you’ve ‘gained’ a new string at the top, which has three new notes.
And likewise, if you moved your hand down one double-dots position below the double dots at fret twelve, then in effect the notes beneath your hand at fret twelve will all have moved *up* one string, so that the notes that used to be on the top string have vanished, and you’ve gained a new lowest string with three new lower notes.
DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?
If not, get your Megatar and work it out. If you don’t have a Megatar, we offer our condolences, but you can get some stick-on dots to put on the fretboard of your Chapman Stick. (We think that’s why they call them stick-on dots.) It’s much more clear if you have six melody and six bass strings, like on a Megatar, and it’s lots more clear if you’re using all fourths tuning, what we call BassBottom.
If you experiment wih this just a little, you’ll discover that it makes mapping the fretboard rather easy, once you’ve learned the notes at the original position. It will become remarkably clear.
One simple step at a time … and soon you’re dancing the rhumba!