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Old 6th March 2005, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hi!

I would like to ask if a bass guitar is more difficult to play than a convencional e-guitar.
Any advices? I'm a total beginner on guitars, but i have an old Century e-guitar gathering dust ( a gift from my childhood - well, when i was around 12) and was thinking on using it.

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Old 6th March 2005, 09:39 PM   #2
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Being a total beginner, bass might be easier I guess.
Fewer strings, and you only play at one string at a time (mostly)

Im not saying that its easy to become a good bass player though, it requires a good feeling for rythm and timing.
Practise with a metronome to achieve that.
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Old 6th March 2005, 10:03 PM   #3
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thank you.

i like to listen to jazz, electropop/pop(New order, pet shop boys, prefab sprout), some electronic (kraftwerk) etc.
i'm not into rock music, but i believe some musics/styles i like are suited for the bass, no?
It's just a vague atempt to increase my self-esteem and feeling well with myself, but managing to be able to do something good.
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Old 6th March 2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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Well, let me just say that there is place for bass guitar in most kinds of music
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Old 7th March 2005, 12:29 AM   #5
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I don't know much but I have heard that to play the bass poorly isn't that hard. Otherwise:

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it requires a good feeling for rhythm and timing.
If you discover that you have this, you will be loved by other band members. Usually it takes some work

My suggestion is to find someone to give you lessons, that not only keeps you from wasting time, but gives you a structure so that you are forced to practice each week in anticipation of the lesson.
Good luck!
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Old 7th March 2005, 11:17 AM   #6
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hi Simpleton ...
i m playin bass bout 3 years ...
i never tried to electric guitar , & i can t tell u wich one is easier ...
but i think if u want to be an average bassist , it s maybe easier to play bass than an electric guitar w some hard and high speed solos on it ...
BUT !!! if u want to play bass as a real bassist ,, better to hear some bass playin from some real bassist ( like Billy Sheehan , Stuart Hamn , or Jaco ... ) then u ll soon find out the things they r playin is impossible to belive ! ( & impossible to play !!! ) ... & i think it so harder than any solo on guitar ...
cuz the spaces between the frets are so much more than an electric guitar & u have to stretch ur fingers more & they should be enough strong & u have to play the hard bass strings tooooooo fast w ur right hand s fingers !!!
unfortanately most of the bassist are in average ... i don call them bassist , cuz when u look at their playin , they do nothin just playin some very easy riffs or melodies , i think u can play them all in bout 1 year !!!.. but just take a look at one the bass solos on Billy Sheehan site .. ( www.billysheehan.com ) ...
it s my favorite Billy Sheehan s bass solo : http://www.billysheehan.com/audio/Bi...20Solo%202.mp3

do u belive he s doin all this w his fingers ?
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Old 7th March 2005, 11:20 AM   #7
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take a look at this one :
http://www.stevedigiorgio.com/music.html ..
specially the videos ...
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Old 7th March 2005, 11:44 AM   #8
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First of all get a teacher. Not someone who identifies themselves as a guitarist or some other instrument-ist, but someone who is a bassist first and foremost and is willing to work with a beginner.
Second, get a decent bass; there are lots of really good budget instruments out there such as the SX/Essex lines and have it set up properly for intonation and action.
Third, practice, practice, practice
Fourth, don't listen to players like Vic Wooten and think "I'll never be able to play that". Do it because it's fun.

It's easy to play simple root note bass lines for lots of stuff, about the same as it is for a lot of 3 chord guitar lines. But the good stuff is hard and very different from that.
To know if the bass is for you, I think it has to be the instrument you listen for first, along with the drums. Also listen to something like 'Miller Time' from Victor Wooten's Live In America. If you can listen to it repeatedly and be amazed by what they're playing, then the bass is likely the instrument for you.


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Old 7th March 2005, 12:01 PM   #9
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either instrument will take you about the same effort to make some noise that sounds sort of like music. To get good at either usually requires lessons, although software and on line lessons are some help.

I chose bass initially because I have very large fingers and cannot fret many chords without interfering with an adjacent string. Not to mention I love the feel of a funky bass line. Funny, now that I have been beating up my bass for a few years I can almost play G*$%ar riffs - chords are still a problem. I remember seeing Leslie West (of Mountain fame) when I was a kid. To put it kindly, he is a big man. He taped his fretting hand fingers into smaller tips, so guitar can be played with fat fingers if you are dedicated enough.

Although fans of Jaco and other virtuoso players may argue, bass guitar usually has a supporting role. This is not to say you should never take a solo, but timing and feel for the rythm is the key to good bass playing for most bands. Since te instrument is a supporting one, you'll have more fun with it if you find people to support - get yourself into a band or find friends to jam with. Playing G#$%ar alone is more fun, solo bass tends to pull you towards riffing when you probably should be working on timing.

That's my 2 cents.
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Old 7th March 2005, 01:50 PM   #10
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Miller time is - how do you say? - Sweeeet!

Can't wait to hear it on my car with the sub working out.
I really really like the lower tone bass and the one l knight rider.

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