#1
So I have just joined a band as a bassist though I am primarily a guitar player and have been for the past three years, I have only just started learning the bass and can get my way through the band's set list pretty easily (perhaps not as well as a dedicated bassist could but hey ho.)

The one thing I am find is that going back to the guitar after playing bass for a few hours feels really weird and I all of a sudden can't play properly for about half an hour until I get the feel for it back.

So my question is, does there come a point where you can seamlessly switch between guitar and bass without thinking about it or will I always need time to adjust?
Hope that makes sense...
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#2
not sure. at the start i thought it didn't affect me. now i'm not so sure.

for me the best way to avoid this is to make sure i play both close in time to each other. so don't play bass for like 6 weeks without playing guitar. if i play a while on bass, i make sure i play a bit of guitar too before the day ends. or try to, anyway.
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#3
I've been playing both for 10 years and the switch between them is seamless now. It wasn't always, though. I find the more you do it the less time it takes to get back into either instrument.
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#4
I've switched back and forth for the past 8 years. The biggest issue I have now is if its too long between playing guitar, my calluses seem to ache after playing guitar for a period of time.

It gets much easier at some point, There comes a point when you can finally 'think' in each instrument. I just go from bass brain to guitar brain.
#5
Thanks for the replies guys, I suspected that in time I would start to separate the instruments in my head after time, I think I will also make sure I am playing guitar for at least an hour on the days I am playing bass
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#6
When I first started playing bass, I had the same problem. I would play the bass for about an hour, and then when I picked up the guitar, the strings felt WAY too close together and really small. I would have to put it down and wait about a half an hour before I could play correctly.

Now, almost a year later, I don't really have that problem. Granted, the strings on the guitar still feel too close together after an hour of playing bass, but I don't have to wait to play guitar after putting down the bass.
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When I first started playing bass, I had the same problem. I would play the bass for about an hour, and then when I picked up the guitar, the strings felt WAY too close together and really small. I would have to put it down and wait about a half an hour before I could play correctly.

Now, almost a year later, I don't really have that problem. Granted, the strings on the guitar still feel too close together after an hour of playing bass, but I don't have to wait to play guitar after putting down the bass.


I know right! Everything feels so micro! Good to know it gets easier though, I almost considered abandoning the bass if it was going to give me permanent guitar trouble...
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Funnily enough i think i had less bother switching right at the very start. I suspect I just hadn't had enough practice at bass to really have gained the muscle memory necessary for it, though.
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#9
You just need to get used to it. I play bass and guitar in my band, usually switching halfway through our set on stage, where I trade with my other guitar/bass player. We both trade back and forth all the time during practice/jamming, too. Just gotta get used to it, then you'll switch without even thinking about it.