#3
Ditto.

Bass is like the final frontier for a guitarist.
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#4
I'll make some use of this thread-

Any tips for picking up a bass when moving from another stringed instrument? Most guides just explain towards total beginners, when I'm betting that most bassists are electric guitar converts.
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#5
Just because you have experience with other instruments doesn't mean your better than absolute beginners. You always start with the basics, whether you feel you can do better doesn't apply.
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Just because you have experience with other instruments doesn't mean your better than absolute beginners. You always start with the basics, whether you feel you can do better doesn't apply.


He has hit the nail on the head here.

Start from the beginning. Bass is a different instrument to guitar. Unless you cant be arsed learning to play bass properly you're still going to have a lot of work ahead of you.

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...when I'm betting that most bassists are electric guitar converts.

Why are you betting that?
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#9
I'm a guitar convert...I played a Peavey T-60 with the high E missing for three weeks before I got my first bass(a fiver).

As far as making the switch, make sure you learn how to fingerpick. Playing with only a pick takes a loy of fun out of it, IMO.
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#11
I dunno... what famous bassists started on bass? It seems that being good at bass requires theory that you would normally get from previous experience with multiple instruments.
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#12
The only ones I can think of off the top of my head at the moment are John Myung, Flea and Victor Wooten.
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The only ones I can think of off the top of my head at the moment are John Myung, Flea and Victor Wooten.


Flea started on trumpet silly.

But I'm with you, you can learn the theory without playing a different instrument. Ya, it helps, but it's not required or anything.
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Why are you betting that?

+3

quite bluntly, f*** guitar.

Jack Bruce started on cello. Wolstenholme of Muse was originally a drummer. Jaco also was a drummer first.

most bassists tried with other instruments first.
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I dunno... what famous bassists started on bass? It seems that being good at bass requires theory that you would normally get from previous experience with multiple instruments.


Claypool started on bass...

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I started on bass....
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Why are you betting that?


+5

Guitar =/= Bass
Guitar skills =/= Bass skills

Two totally different instruments and just cuz you can play one does not mean you can play the other.
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#18
Fine fine, I'll cede that minor point. The whole general point, though, was that programs teach theory towards new bassists when they usually know it to begin with through other instruments.
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#19
And another guitarist has been successfully pwned by the pure and utter might of the what is known as The Bass Forum.
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#21
^ don't be a dick. I think he's been pwned enough already, guys.

EDIT: sorry I was talking about fatgoogle. I'm watching TV while I do this and I keep getting distracted, so it took a few minutes to post

OK, so, if you're taking lessons, you won't have a problem, unless your "bass teacher" is really just a guitarist who can sort of kind of play bass. Not that they aren't allowed to play guitar also, but he must be a real bassist.

If you're self taught, work on timing. I know the "guitarists can't keep rhythm" thing is just a stereotype, but timing matters a lot more in bass. Bass is usually somewhere in between the drums and the guitar. Even guys like Cliff Burton, who I believe was really guitarist at heart, had to know how to keep time. So, work on timing. Also, work on groove. You need to learn how to fit in with everyone else, sort of be the "glue" that holds everything together and fill out sound of the group.
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I dunno... what famous bassists started on bass? It seems that being good at bass requires theory that you would normally get from previous experience with multiple instruments.
I started on a trumpet lol
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Flea started on trumpet silly.

But I'm with you, you can learn the theory without playing a different instrument. Ya, it helps, but it's not required or anything.
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#24
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#25
half a year later...
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#26
^there is an edit button for a reason

EDIT: at pooflinger BTW

EDIT again: hadn't noticed this thread is so old lol



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