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#1
which is better?
which is more important?
which is more difficult?
why do u think so?
which one do you play?
why does one of these instruments suck?
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#2
the bass is better. they are equally important. the bass takes more talent if you play more than root note basslines. the bass takes more talent because almost every bassist combines all of their favorite styles into one style. the guitar is harder to play if your just learning, but if you start from the guitar it will be more difficult to learn. after the guitar basics are learned then theres not much more to lean exept making riffs and learning new songs. for every 7 guitarist theres probalby only 1 bassist. and talented bassist are alot harder to find. guitar sounds good even if you dont have good technique, for example, if i played A, C, G, D power chords its sound great. but A, C, G, D notes on a bass sounds boring. to make the bass sound good you need talent, which is why the bass is a harder instrument to play.
My basses:
red w/ black pickguard EB-0 (Jennifer) <-- crap bass
Dean Playmate Edge 09 (Casandra)
<-- got it used for 70 and i still love it
My guitar
Epiphone DR-100 (Layla)
<--nothing special but cheap
My amp:
Crate BT-50 Bass Amp(Butch)
aintlifegrand
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#3
^ i agree, even though i play guitar, that's exactly right, and it's so hard to find a good bassist now a days.
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#4
There isn't anything inferior or superior about guitar or bass guitar. Everything you are asking about applies to guitar and bass players, thus you should consider to reevaluate the title. Both instruments have their diffculties that make both challenging to play in their own way, its not the instrument to judge, its the instrumentalist.
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#5
I find they are both equally important... but the guitar gets more attention becauses of its hight pitche sounds and solos
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#6
Sometimes im in the mood for deep sounds sometimes im in the mood for high pitched squeels. Thats it.
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#7
No instrument is easier than the other (no, the kazoo doesn't count). It all depends on the dedication of the musician. For example, I used to think that the oboe was the ugliest and worst instrument of all time until I heard a great jazz oboe player.
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#8
They both have their hard parts to them. Of course in bass I just started and so im only playing those basic bassline ****ty things. But both are important for making music, of course you could use one without the other but its better to use them together. And even though a lot of famous people are guitarist bass still has dozens of heros, just look at gene simmons.
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System of a Dog
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#9
1. The guitar is better, obviously. Why? Well once you learn guitar, you can literally just play bass without needing to be taught.

2. Depends what you mean by important, but I would say the guitar. It has unlimited melodic qualities, there are no limitations to what you can play. More people play guitar than bass, and who's ever heard of a solo bassist?

3. Guitar. Anyone who learns guitar to a post grade 2-3 level will have absolutely no trouble learning how to play bass.

4. & 5. I talk from an impartial opnion as I play both.

6. I don't think either suck, allthough some people play bass because it's easy, which really annoys me. So they suck
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#10
Quote by System of a Dog
1. The guitar is better, obviously. Why? Well once you learn guitar, you can literally just play bass without needing to be taught.

2. Depends what you mean by important, but I would say the guitar. It has unlimited melodic qualities, there are no limitations to what you can play. More people play guitar than bass, and who's ever heard of a solo bassist?

3. Guitar. Anyone who learns guitar to a post grade 2-3 level will have absolutely no trouble learning how to play bass.

4. & 5. I talk from an impartial opnion as I play both.

6. I don't think either suck, allthough some people play bass because it's easy, which really annoys me. So they suck


Ignorant moron. There are tons of solo bassists. Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clark, all extremley accomplished musicians with vast knowledge of theory and experience. Bass is just as capable of carrying a melody as a guitar. Bass is not an easy instrument. It is only as easy as you make it. If you only play simple classic rock lines or stick to the root note, yea, you can pick it up from guitar. But that does nothing to prepare you for any level of skilled playing. Thicker, heavier strings make any type of speed you had on guitar untransferable, and you need much more finger strenght to tap.

I don't think either instrument is better or more important, I just want to make sure all sides of the argument are present and it isn't dominated by biased fools.

I hate these threads anyway, hardly anyone ahs any valid point, and they all end up being "Guitar is better as bass is easy".

Farewell.
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#11
Quote by Yertle
Bass is just as capable of carrying a melody as a guitar.


I believe it was Duke Ellington and Jimmie Blanton who popularized the use of the bass for the melody in "Pitter Panther Patter" (smithsonianjazz.org). I play guitar, and while guitar is used for melody more often than bass, both can be melodic instruments. Guitar > Bass for chords though
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#12
Quote by System of a Dog
1. The guitar is better, obviously. Why? Well once you learn guitar, you can literally just play bass without needing to be taught.

2. Depends what you mean by important, but I would say the guitar. It has unlimited melodic qualities, there are no limitations to what you can play. More people play guitar than bass, and who's ever heard of a solo bassist?

3. Guitar. Anyone who learns guitar to a post grade 2-3 level will have absolutely no trouble learning how to play bass.

4. & 5. I talk from an impartial opnion as I play both.

6. I don't think either suck, allthough some people play bass because it's easy, which really annoys me. So they suck


jesus christ you're a moron

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1158095372160188114&q=stu+hamm

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1378150752230253005&q=victor+wooten

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1234513755225657627&q=flea+jam

have fun kid
System of a Dog
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#13
Don't get all haughty... what I meant was there are more solo guitarists than bassists... succesful ones anyway.

I resent the fact you're calling me a moron, people. Seriously, I might be "dissing your trade" here, but get over yourselves.

EDIT: Stu Hamm? Best bass player ever? Haha.

And yes I know who flea is thank you.
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seljer
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#14
Quote by System of a Dog
EDIT: Stu Hamm? Best bass player ever? Haha.


He went to Berklee College of Music and played with Steve Vai in various bands (as well as with Frank Gamabale and Joe Satriani)

he is a very proficient bassist
Last edited by seljer at Mar 4, 2006,
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#15
Quote by System of a Dog
Don't get all haughty... what I meant was there are more solo guitarists than bassists... succesful ones anyway.

I resent the fact you're calling me a moron, people. Seriously, I might be "dissing your trade" here, but get over yourselves.

EDIT: Stu Hamm? Best bass player ever? Haha.

And yes I know who flea is thank you.


Go shove your guitar neck up ur ass. You can't automatically be a good bass player just by learning how to play guitar. There are different techniques to play bass. ANother thing, you obviously dont listen to funk and ska. They have good basslines. Your probably just a beginner guitar noob in a band with a guitar dropout that plays bass because he thinks its easier. You can have a bass solo, its just that rock groups have guitar solos because they're bassists sometimes aren't very talented and guitar solos are sometimes more appealing to the hear. Also the stereotypical part of the bass in a rock band is to provide rythm and melody along with the drums so that the guitars dont sound bland. This is the pattern that most groups follow which is why many rock bands don't have bass solos. Guitar and Bass are equally important if you can play them right.

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#16
Any instrument is as hard as you make it. Heck, Rhythm sticks can be harder than bass and guitar if you can make it.
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#17
Quote by System of a Dog
Don't get all haughty... what I meant was there are more solo guitarists than bassists... succesful ones anyway.

I resent the fact you're calling me a moron, people. Seriously, I might be "dissing your trade" here, but get over yourselves.

EDIT: Stu Hamm? Best bass player ever? Haha.

And yes I know who flea is thank you.


"Who's ever heard of a solo bassist". To me, and many others, that sounds like "There are no solo bassists", not "I admit there are solo bassists, but there are more sucessful solo guitarists".

I resent the fact you spew out insults to a particular instrument without backing up your points.

You find guitar harder because you play it more and try new things on it. I guarentee you've learned a few simple basslines, decided it was easy, and called it a day.
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#18
which is better? I depens on your playing skills.
which is more important? Bass, they are the back bone of a band how ever you cant do solos wher on a guitar you can, and chicks dig guitar players.
which is more difficult? Hands down guitar.
why do u think so? Because solos take alot of work. You play whole chords. stuff like that.
which one do you play? Guitar.
why does one of these instruments suck? Neither do thats a stupid question.

-Garrison
Striketalonx
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#19
lol.
GOD
I have been playing guitar for since i was 9..
now you guys make me want to buy a bass.
This just makes me want a double neck guitar/bass fusion.
where one neck is a six string bass and the other is a guitar.
of course i believe the importance of the instruments depends on the genre,
metal for example, wouldnt be half the beast it is if there were no gutairs,
but jazz, blues, etc wouldnt be nearly as good if there was no bass.
i think bass and gutiar really complete each other, and only then
are they utilized to the fullest
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#20
Just to throw something out there - bass is an instrument used in every genre of music. Guitar is not.

This doesn't make bass any better, but it is just as important.
fleabass
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#21
which is better?they are both different, there is no "better"
which is more important?bass
which is more difficult?bass
why do u think so?i play both, and bass if played at a high level incorporates slapping popping and two hand tapping.2 hand tapping on guitar is bloody easy compared to bass
which one do you play?both
why does one of these instruments suck?who said they did
who are you to wave your finger......
seljer
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#23
I see this thread is filled with many smartass guitarists


Each instrument is just as good as the other.

Everyone and their mother plays guitar
A Subtle Dagger
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#24
Quote by System of a Dog
1. The guitar is better, obviously. Why? Well once you learn guitar, you can literally just play bass without needing to be taught.

2. Depends what you mean by important, but I would say the guitar. It has unlimited melodic qualities, there are no limitations to what you can play. More people play guitar than bass, and who's ever heard of a solo bassist?

3. Guitar. Anyone who learns guitar to a post grade 2-3 level will have absolutely no trouble learning how to play bass.

4. & 5. I talk from an impartial opnion as I play both.

6. I don't think either suck, allthough some people play bass because it's easy, which really annoys me. So they suck


First off: Not true. At the very least, it goes both ways. I've played bass for 2 years, and in October started playing guitar with no lessons needed.

2. Solo bassists are EXTREMELY common, and don't ever say that bass can't be melodic.

3. Like I said before, it can easily go both ways.

Bass and guitar can both be as hard as you make them. Neither is easier, neither is harder. It's as simple as that.
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#25
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hi
i think this proovs that guitar is btetter
bye.


Or it just proves that you're wicked ignorant.
fleabass
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#26
yes because the amount of people looking on a forum clearly dictates which is better.each instrument is as bad or as good as you make it
who are you to wave your finger......
Lee.S07
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#27
well, i agree with most people, they are equally as important, BUT, I would take the bass side as oh my dear god, my fingers did hurt when i started, never got a problem with a guitar, so, the bass bullied me into picking it , i think if you pick a bass, you have to be prepared for pain, so you have to percivere, and therefore, i personally found it harder.

(and im not a big girl who thought of packing it in just because i got sore fingers incase anyone thought that.!)
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#28
Quote by fleabass
yes because the amount of people looking on a forum clearly dictates which is better.each instrument is as bad or as good as you make it


No it doesn't, maybe you were trying to say which one is more popular you fool.

People download these songs and educate yourselves.

Dream Theater - Flight Of The Bumblebee

David Lee Roth - Elephant Gun

Iron Maiden - Genghis Kahn

Iron Maiden - Charlotte The Harlot

Mr.Big - Addicted To That Rush

Metallica - Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)

AND SOME MOD CLOSE THIS THREAD
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seljer
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#29
Quote by Captain Chaos
No it doesn't, maybe you were trying to say which one is more popular you fool.


I think he was being sarcastic
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#30
Quote by System of a Dog
1. The guitar is better, obviously. Why? Well once you learn guitar, you can literally just play bass without needing to be taught.


Umm...no. What about slapping and popping?

And let's not turn this into a flame fest
Wanttobebetter
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#31
Or it just proves that you're wicked ignorant.


Exactly what I was thinking. Just because theres more posts on guitar forum doesnt make it better. Theres WAY MORE guitarists out there compared to bassists. On top of that, very few guitarists are actually good. Same with bassists, but not so many posers.

I've been playing bass for a short amount of time and I completely love it compared to the guitar. So much effort is needed to play the bass, especially when you've got fairyly small fingers like me .

So, instead of posting right away completing the only task of being an idiot, think about what you want to say, and then just dont say it at all
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#32
Quote by BAcONMaN
which is better? I depens on your playing skills.
which is more important? Bass, they are the back bone of a band how ever you cant do solos wher on a guitar you can, and chicks dig guitar players.
which is more difficult? Hands down guitar.
why do u think so? Because solos take alot of work. You play whole chords. stuff like that.
which one do you play? Guitar.
why does one of these instruments suck? Neither do thats a stupid question.

-Garrison


wow i think i like that guy.
except guitar isnt harder. i wanna know how many people can even play using the same style as victor wooten. hes simply amazing.
My basses:
red w/ black pickguard EB-0 (Jennifer) <-- crap bass
Dean Playmate Edge 09 (Casandra)
<-- got it used for 70 and i still love it
My guitar
Epiphone DR-100 (Layla)
<--nothing special but cheap
My amp:
Crate BT-50 Bass Amp(Butch)
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#33
Quote by imalwaysbanned
hi
i think this proovs that guitar is btetter
bye.


i think this "proovs" why that jackass is always banned.

just cause more people like AC/DC doesnt make then more musicly talented than led zepelin. cause acdc would be **** without angus. but if u take out a member of led zeppelin they suck... and that is a proven theory
My basses:
red w/ black pickguard EB-0 (Jennifer) <-- crap bass
Dean Playmate Edge 09 (Casandra)
<-- got it used for 70 and i still love it
My guitar
Epiphone DR-100 (Layla)
<--nothing special but cheap
My amp:
Crate BT-50 Bass Amp(Butch)
JET116
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#34
yeah this all comes down to the artist. its not that one of the other is particularly harder and whoever plays that one instrument has to overcome more to play well. its all in the artist
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#35
guitar is like 20x's harder
i have a rouge 5 string for a bass
wich i know sucks but still guitar
a lot more complex more strings more varitey
more varitey more hard
guitars are better
espically jackson king v's (****in dope!!!)
satcre3
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#36
both are awsome and fun to play
anyone who badmouths any of them
i give them a firm hard slap in the face!
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#37
which is better?
which is more important?
which is more difficult?
why do u think so?
which one do you play?
why does one of these instruments suck?


-Guitar is better imo
-Both are equally important, but without guitar the song would sound like ****
-Bass because when you practice its like playing drums. You have to have the song backing or else its just bang-bang-bang-bang lol
-look up ^
-I play guitar
-neither suck. Only the people who can't play them right suck :P
satcre3
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#38
haha there are songs where bass is the lead and the guitar is just some crappy powerchord played over and over
eg brand new
bender424
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#40
guitar and bass are musical instrument
they are all DIFFERENT
they can't be better or worst
it's only how they are played that mather
exemple : I play guitar correctly, then grab the bass of my friend and play a whole song, just like that, then my other friend start to say : ''look bass suck and guitar rule'',
if I could have slap him ... the song was smells like teen spirit, I mean, c'mon
any bassist or guitarist can play this song on bass without pratice
it's not because I need to pratice hard to play solo on guitar and that I can play an easy bass line the first time I touch a bass that bass suck, it's only mean that this bass line was really easy , people tend to think that because most of the song have easy bass line, bass suck
how false it is ! listen to Victor
there you go
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