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Old 02-15-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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How long will it take?

Hey there UG. I play guitar reasonably well and I have been playing for 4 years now. I am interested in taking up bass and I was wondering how long you think it would take for me to become a moderately good bass player. I would be trying to use my fingers, teaching myself from scratch and aiming to practice at least 30 mins a day.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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It's impossible to say, really. It's not about how good a guitarist you are or how much you practice- it's about how well you fit into the bassist's mindset and the quality of your practicing.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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well a bass is just a bigger guitar with thicker strings. A four string is the same as the bottom 4 guitar strings: standard tuning E A D G just in a lower octave.
Shouldn't take you long at all to be a good bass player, you'll just have to work on your finger technique and slapping if that is what you wanna do.
On all of my recordings I play both. I built my bass and was recording that night.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:47 PM   #4
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couple months probably?
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:47 PM   #5
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You really can't predict how long it will take. When I finally got serious and into playing bass took me about 8 months before I feel like im no longer a begginer and more of an intermidate player. And the thought that because you play guitar really has nothing to do with playing bass well. May help you with theory but not actually playing.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:47 PM   #6
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well a bass is just a bigger guitar with thicker strings.


Physically yes. In practice, not really.

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Shouldn't take you long at all to be a good bass player, you'll just have to work on your finger technique and slapping if that is what you wanna do.



It's not just finger technique and show-off skills. As I said, the mindset is COMPLETELY different.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:50 PM   #7
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Depends a lot on how good you actually are on guitar. But like Delirium said, although it's a very similar instrument it's a different mindset. A bass is a rhythm instrument, so it's about locking in with the drummer and driving the song. You can of course venture into the world of basslines, for example the guitar may play a G chord but you could turn that into five or six different chords just by playing other notes on the bass. That stuff is always fun because you can really make a song change entirely.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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I also want to add that basss is a strength instrument- there may be some crossover with techniques, but the way to approach similar guitar techniques is different.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:52 PM   #9
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I've been playing for about 6 months for at least an hour a day, and I still feel like a beginner. Also, I played the guitar for about a year before that but didn't get very far with it.
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I've been playing for about 6 months for at least an hour a day, and I still feel like a beginner. Also, I played the guitar for about a year before that but didn't get very far with it.


Conversely, I started on bass, and when I picked up a guitar I felt like a complete n00b on it.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:55 PM   #11
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Ha anytime i used pick up a guitar I played basslines on it :p. But now i've gotten ok at it. I know some guitar riffs and some chords. But my first and only love is still Bass <3
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:59 PM   #12
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Conversely, I started on bass, and when I picked up a guitar I felt like a complete n00b on it.


It's weird, I quit the guitar in the first place due to frustration of not being able to play chords well because of my stubby fingers. I went back recently to try again and all the stretching and strengthening the bass did to my fingers made playing chords much easier than before. I should really give it another shot.
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:03 PM   #13
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Conversely, I started on bass, and when I picked up a guitar I felt like a complete n00b on it.


I cannot get the hang of guitar

put nor can I get the hang of picks, lol, its funny, I have tiny hands and play bass, my bro has massive hands and these looooong fingers, and plays guitar...it should be the other way round, but he can't grasp bass, just as I cant grast guitar, mindset is totally different, as you said ol' chap

to TS, just becuase you're good on one doesn't mean you'll be good on the other anytime soon, but guess you've got some theory knowledge and what not, that should help,my advice, learn how to hold the neck like a bassist, no more thumb peeping over the neck....that be your pivot now boy!!

and use the songs to learn thread on here to help get into the spirit of things
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:58 PM   #14
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I played guitar for years before picking up bass. I would say that it took me about 6 months to be able to play moderately well.

To play competently, tbh, it took about 18 months of lessons (I had a ****load of bad habits to work through). Part of the problem (other than bad habits) was the mindset. You really need to leave most of your guitar technique behind and approach bass as a totally different instrument.
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:50 PM   #15
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like delirium, i started bass and then switched to guitar for a while. learning my first song on bass took about 3 months (stuff like Static X's push it and some simple rammstein bass) guitar it took me all of a day to pick up seek and destroy and Everlast's what its like.

i wish you would have defined moderately good. if you just want to play in the pocket and play the roots. shouldnt take too long to pick up. learning runs a few months
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