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Is bass guitar easier to learn then normal guitar?


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#1 YYZumbi

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:55 AM

I know that both instruments are hard to play, and that you need skills for both. But Im talking about the basics here. Is it easier to learn the basic stuff on a bass guitar then on a normal guitar? So that it sound like real music.

On a guitar it is a lot of pling plong sound in the beginning that makes it so annoying to try and learn to play guitar. While on a bass guitar you can make it sound heavy with only one string.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:40 AM

At a most bassic level, yes. The mechanics are easier to learn. Learning where individual root notes are is easier than remembering chord shapes. It all depends on the level of intricacy you want from there. There's a lot of space between Dee Dee Ramone and that guy from Dream Theater. But learning your proper role is important. I've had multiple instances where I got selected in an audition over a chops monster because I knew to lay back.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

You're going to have to build up some nice calluses to tackle those thick bass strings

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:08 AM

I don't know if there really is a yes or no here. It's like asking if tennis is easier than racquetball. The similarities are there but then there's bla bla this and if you bla bla that but then at the same time yada yada yada. I'm serious though.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:52 AM

If you want to be as good as Geddy Lee then it's hard, or if you just want to be good then it's hard too. If you want to be good at anything it's hard, unless you're lucky enough to be a genius but those guys find it hard at their own level too.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:36 PM

I've had a bass guitar since late 2013. When I first played it, I sucked. Fingers on both hands just would not move where I wanted them to. Now, I still suck, but I suck a lot less than I did. I pluck the strings with one finger, bad habit really, but I've become decent at it. I can also make two of my fingers go anywhere I want them to across the neck, but the other two fingers are still really stiff. So maybe by late 2020 ish, I'll have all four fingers moving all over the place, and then I'll finally not just look like Geddy Lee.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:14 PM

A little surprised at the answers so far.  It's a ton easier to learn bass than guitar.  Chords are very rarely used and 2 less strings.  You could be playing basic songs within a week or two.  Real songs but simple stuff.  Yes, if you want to become squire, entwistle, Lee, etc it's much more difficult and more work but the average bass player in an average band ain't those guys.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM

Yes

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM

No

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM

Maybe

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:22 PM

Bass might be easier to learn/play. As noted above, two fewer strings, rarely play chords. But like any instrument, it is really hard to play well. If you want to be a better sucky player, then choose bass over guitar. If you want to play worth a damn, pick something and really learn it.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:23 PM

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Yes

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

No

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Maybe
Well, that covers all the basses :syrinx:

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:37 PM

View PostYour_Lion, on 15 March 2017 - 01:23 PM, said:

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Yes

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

No

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Maybe
Well, that covers all the basses :syrinx:

:yes:
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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:39 PM

Why not learn both? Become more versatile?

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:18 PM

View PostYour_Lion, on 15 March 2017 - 01:23 PM, said:

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Yes

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

No

View PostMaverick, on 15 March 2017 - 01:19 PM, said:

Maybe
Well, that covers all the basses :syrinx:

And its true.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:33 PM

Yes, but probably harder to master.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:43 PM

I play bass decently, so yeah it must be easier.  :P

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:45 PM

View PostJARG, on 15 March 2017 - 02:33 PM, said:

Yes, but probably harder to master.

I think the physical layout of a 6 string electric is harder to play, simply because the strings are much closer together and pickups tend to reveal all your mistakes much easier.  Mastering a 6 string at the level proficient enough to be considered 'master' is certainly not for slouches.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 05:28 PM

I think it also depends on the size of your hands. If you have short fingers, play guitar. Long fingers, bass. Then again, I have some long fingers but I am awful at bass.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 07:22 PM

View Poststoopid, on 15 March 2017 - 02:45 PM, said:

View PostJARG, on 15 March 2017 - 02:33 PM, said:

Yes, but probably harder to master.

I think the physical layout of a 6 string electric is harder to play, simply because the strings are much closer together and pickups tend to reveal all your mistakes much easier.  Mastering a 6 string at the level proficient enough to be considered 'master' is certainly not for slouches.
Indeed not. Maybe it's because of where my interest lies, but it seems there are far more guitar masters (the phrase "a dime a dozen" comes to mind) than bass masters.

Edited by JARG, 15 March 2017 - 07:22 PM.





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