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gdm09
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im learning to play the acoustic/electric guitar, and then it occured to me. is playing the bass easier than playing a regular guitar just because it has less strings. can someone who plays bass tell me if it is easier to play bass?
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#3
your like the 4th person to do this today........ they are both equally difficult in different ways.
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#4
Playing bass is easier.
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#6
Originally posted by danilo19
your like the 4th person to do this today........ they are both equally difficult in different ways.

He's right
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#8
well i started out with guitar and still play but bass is easier but i think it's because of that......because i started out with guitar and it's my main instrument so i'll say start with guitar and then go to bass along with guitar
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#9
It depends. It's not because of the string thing. It depends on the song, the band, the players, the genre, etc. Bass is physically harder to play, but guitar has more solos and stuff like that (not that bass doesn't have solos.)
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#10
I dont know... I would say the bass, but thats cuz i'm hardly coordinated enough to play 4-string instrument. So it all kinda depends on you yourself, and how easily you're able to switch between all the strings, my friend tried to teach me guitar, but i couldnt, but like i said, im not exactly coordinated.
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#11
Depends on how you play, I'd say slap funk-ass bass is harder than punk guitar. But shred is harder than most pop-bass lines.
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#12
Bass is easier in some ways because you only have to worry about one string at a time, but you also have to figure out different things to play when your just given chords. But I'd say they are both equally difficult.
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#13
ok...im gonna be harsh here, but this is a pointless question. the people answering are likely to be biased depending on what they play. i play both. i see no reason why one is harder than the other tho. IT'S ALL ABOUT PRACTICE!!!
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#14
Depends what you're playing. A Primus bassline is harder than a Green Day guitar riff, and a Satriani guitar lick is harder than a KoRn bassline.
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#15
They are the same difficulty. Each instrument has its hard points and easy points. Like if i compare playing straight power chords on a guitar to bass lines from Jaco Pastorius, Then i can say Bass is harder. I can also say bass is easier if i compare it from one note bass lines to a guitar riff from John Petrucci. And i aslo agree with bassmonkey61 there. That is a pointless question and it is all about the practice.
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#16
well id have to say bass because of all the finger plucking, but if your good at bass it might be easyer for you. I play bass, guitar, and drums. and i find guitar easyer.
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#17
Originally posted by bassmonkey61
ok...im gonna be harsh here, but this is a pointless question. the people answering are likely to be biased depending on what they play. i play both. i see no reason why one is harder than the other tho. IT'S ALL ABOUT PRACTICE!!!


thank you bassmonkey...quite a sensible answer. each is difficult, it's all about practice.

it also depends on how far you want to take your playing. slap tech on bass? hard as ****. barre chord rock on guitar? really easy.

is it easier? hell no.
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bass is just grooves there are no lead parts in it very much
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#19
i think it depends on the style of music you play. each can both be chanllenging. if you took shred and just bass lines such out of bands like greenday then bass would be easier. but about playing chords on a guitar and whipping out some funk slapping riff on the bass. (do you see where im going?) my point is each is as challenging as the other,,,it all just depends where you go with that instrument that defines wheather something is going to be easier.
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#20
uhh...its to different instruments so it would be like playign guitar for the fisrt time except you have stronger fingers....you have to learn how much pressure to put all over again...

NO!!! its not easier
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#22
Originally posted by /\/\()()
uhh...its to different instruments so it would be like playign guitar for the fisrt time except you have stronger fingers....you have to learn how much pressure to put all over again...

NO!!! its not easier


ok, i totally agree with you. i've been playing bas for four years and i pretty much for the first time picked up an electric guitar and now for m its so tiny and i break strings. . its really challenging for me. playing a bass now, i think for me is easier but i started with it. also, its like one note at a time so i don't have to stretch my fingers enough to play 2 frets at once ( wich i have yet to master).

but at the same time bass you have to pay close atention to beas and not overpowering and how you hit it and...

its like comparing a trumpet to a trombone.
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#23
Sure bass is easier if you are just going to stand there and play the root note over and over, but other than that, no its not easier.
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#24
Bass, and I mean the 6 foot giant stand up double bass (i.e the 'real' bass) is harder. In general though, I'd have to say any bass instrument is harder than a treble instrument.
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#26
Its harder to pick up the basics on guitar (chords, strumming, etc) wheras people can come up with simple basslines easily. however, more advanced Guitar skills are obtained by simply building on the basics that you know. The advanced techniques of bass are very hard to master.

hope this made sense

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#27
Originally posted by trey-col89
Sure bass is easier if you are just going to stand there and play the root note over and over, but other than that, no its not easier.


Exactly. I play both, though I've played bass longer. I definately have to say that bass is not easier than guitar, but they are SOOOO incredibly different. It's like comparing piano to violin or a tuba to a banjo. They may look sort of the same, but believe they're different. To become a truly good bassist is hard as hell, trust me. It's also hard as hell to be a very good guitarist. Neither one is easy, but then again, I don't just play root notes, I like more melodic, complicated bass lines.
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#29
Bass is much harder to start playing than guitar because the strings are thicker so your fingers hurt more but not for long
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#30
okay for all you idiots who say its easier i't can be if you just play root notes, but say if you listen to victor wooten he is far better than alot of guitarist. just listen to classic thump by him
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#31
Originally posted by ToolBass_dude
Its harder to pick up the basics on guitar (chords, strumming, etc) wheras people can come up with simple basslines easily. however, more advanced Guitar skills are obtained by simply building on the basics that you know. The advanced techniques of bass are very hard to master.

hope this made sense

Alex


Not true, the harder techniques are just as hard on guitar as they are on bass.
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#32
well one can say that it is easier to play bass or guitar, but to be good at it it's a totally different story. To aid in this argument i will say that drums are easier to play than anything, simply for the fact that all you have to do is move your arms and a foot, but to be good at drums you need a heck of a lot more than that. Bass has 4 strings, guitar has 6 strings, but the bass strings are thicker, thus making it harder to play for that reason. But it doesn't really matter which one is easier to play initally, it's about how well you can play. Great drummers can't play guitar well, i don't see Slash sitting behind a set anytime soon, but i can see him playing bass (although i'm not sure he can say the same) bass is more difficult because you only get to play single notes and you gotta figure out which ones you want to play (unless you're playing Gm or something like that) because when the chords get complicated you can't just play the root note, it doesn't work that way.

You can strum a guitar but you can't strum a bass, at least not without it sounding like crap.

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#33
It's easier to be a mediocre basser than to be a mediocre guitarist
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#34
Bass is slightly easier. Infact, they're both equall nvrm lol.
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#35
Originally posted by TestForEcho
It depends. It's not because of the string thing. It depends on the song, the band, the players, the genre, etc. Bass is physically harder to play, but guitar has more solos and stuff like that (not that bass doesn't have solos.)
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#36
I played with bass, electric guitar and accoustic
Easiest: Bass
Middle: Electric guitar
Hardest: Accoustic

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#37
the only way 1 will be easier than the other is if u think its easier, or vise versa, u have to be in the right set of mind to play an instrument, if you find urself frustraiting easily and not having fun when ur practicing, then maybe that instrument is not for u, things that you like seem to come easier for you so it could also be which you like more
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#38
You shouldn't worry about what's easier. You sould worry about what you find more enjoyable.
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bass is harder to play fast to me (without a pick) but other than that it depends on how you play...
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