SimonGrounsell
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Join date: Jan 2013
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#1
Hi all,

I've had my first Bass a few days now, I've got a few things and riffs sounding pretty good but I was just wondering how long on average does It take to get used to playing bass, the larger neck more stretching on the fingers etc

Cheers
Zaqq
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#2
Have you played the guitar before the bass? For me the bass was the first musical instrument, so I don't know if I get used to play it quickly or not.
Sliide90027
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#3
It will take 30min a day for 90 days for your hand to get used to the scale.

Then you can progress to the 35" scale.

I went from DBV to Short Scale BG (no problem when I was 11) then to 34" BG (13) which was again no problem, and then to the 35" a noticeable but not uncomfortable experience (40).
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SimonGrounsell
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#4
I've been playing guitar for over half a year now I suppose , I can play a few things pretty comfortably I'm playing with a pick just seems more natural to me. I'm a magician as well, not that means anything but I do have very large and hands used to all kinds of funny stretches.

Thanks for that if I'm spending an hour at least some days well over an hour with the bass should it come any quicker? Thinking about it it took about the same time to get comfortable with the guitar , thank you!
chatterbox272
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#5
It could take any amount of time, it completely depends on the person. Some people just naturally get the hang of it quite quickly (I was doing simple walking lines in a month and I only had 2 hours a week where I had access to a bass, and I couldn't even spend all that time practicing) whilst others take longer. Also it depends on how good you think you need to be to count as having 'adjusted'. If that means able to play 8 quavers on the root note every bar that should be quite simple. If it means playing Victor Wooten songs, it will take a fair bit longer.
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#6
And to quote a former bass teacher of mine, its not the length of the practice time but the quality of what you do during that practice. Sixty minutes of noodling won't get you as far as 30 minutes of focused practice.
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Quote by anarkee
And to quote a former bass teacher of mine, its not the length of the practice time but the quality of what you do during that practice. Sixty minutes of noodling won't get you as far as 30 minutes of focused practice.

This.
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John Swift
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#8
Played second guitar for 12 months, bought a bass on the Saturday gigged on Friday.
Like anarkee says it's what you practice that governs how long.
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SimonGrounsell
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#9
That's very true , I'm spending most of my time practicing scales and just different bass lines really trying to get flexible. Have an informal audition for college in 7 days and I can play Polly on bass quite comfortably now and a fair few different parts of different things.