#1
Hello, I'm a aspiring bass player, and I'm going to try to mix the elements and sounds of Latin rock and Psychedelia.

I was wondering how many strings would be better
4, 5 or 6 stringed bass?
#2
Whatever is more comfortable to you.
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#3
4, no doubt.
I don't know anyone who has starting learning bass on anything other than a 4 string.
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#4
IMO 4, but thats because it is the one i have used for the majority of my time playing bass and feel more comfortable although having the extra string(s) can be quite useful
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#5
man. its kinda all the same...the more strings u have just means u have to make sure they dont get in the way of your playing. ie playing 4 string songs on 5 strings etc
however, more strings=more options...if you want a 5 string in the future or a 6 string..then just get one now if u can afford it...but thats just me
#9
For your fusion of styles, I would choose a five string, however 4 strings are easier to learn on.
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4, no doubt.
I don't know anyone who has starting learning bass on anything other than a 4 string.


I started playing bass on a 6-string.
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#13
Whatever you like. I do not see in any way how more strings makes it "confusing". "Oh, he might get confused on tabs as to which string to play." If you are competent in anyway, you shouldn't have that kind of issue; however, you could have an issue with necks. I suggest whatever is comfortable.
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#14
I think that a 5-string might be more daunting to learn, but it won't really make a difference, because it's just one more string.
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#15
I don't think it really matter how many strings you learn on. It is your first bass however, so I'd look at prices. 4 strings are generally less expensive so I would go with a 4 string to save money specially if you find you don't like playing bass. I don't know why you wouldn't though.
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#17
If you're starting out, then you don't have this perceived "extra difficulty" with more strings that exisating players seem to have. It really isn't a big deal what you start out on. If you've had no experience with a 4 string, how is it going to make a 5 string more difficult? Hint: It doesn't. Go out and try some different stringed basses.
#18
exactly what delirium said. i started out on a 5 string. I moved to a 4 string later and found it easier to play. later on I realized that it was only because the neck felt so much better than my beginner bass. make sure to try different brands of different stringed basses too. different brands will have totally different necks.
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#19
I would definatly go with 5 if your somewhat familiar with guitar and bass. It only increases possibilities and if you master 5 then youve mastered 4 as well.

however if you have never picked up a bass or a guitar in your life, or you just plain suck, then go with the 4
#21
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I think that a 5-string might be more daunting to learn, but it won't really make a difference, because it's just one more string.


besides that 5th string just becomes something to rest your thumb on anyway:P well...it is a bit like resting it on a bouncy string but it works.