#1
Im sure alot of you have played guitar then transitioned to bass. I was wondering if you know if that makes bass easier to play cuz you already know how to play guitar.
#2
it does to a certain extent
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i've been wondering this myself. been wanting to pick up a bass and mess around
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#4
Don't know, i picked up the bass first.
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bass is easer because you dont have as many strings the strings are thicker (you wont be missing them) and the frets are bigger i dont play bass but i have before and im a guitarist


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The only reason it's easier is because you are used fretting and you will know the fretboard. That's the only thing. Most bassists who come from guitar stick out like sore thumb, because they are just playing guitar but on bass, usually with a pick. Bass it a completely different instrument and mindsety to guitar. So no, it's not easier, but you will have a headstart. but that can hinder you if you are not careful..

If poss, do not play your bass with a pick until you can play with your fingers properly (and i dont mean the claw style). The strings are much heavier so will need to buyild up callouses too..

And do not think melodically, think rhythmically!!

Good luck
#8
Oh hell no dude! Im not choosing the easy way out and using a pick cuz that kinda defeats the purpose of playing the bass, I think.
#9
Yeah, as applehead said. you get a headstart just the same bassists get when they try guitar, but that doesn't mean you can get complaecent. Playing with a pick is fine, but you should always know both techniques and I personally use fingers more than a pick, but still use a pick for a few songs etc.
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Quote by Applehead
The only reason it's easier is because you are used fretting and you will know the fretboard. That's the only thing. Most bassists who come from guitar stick out like sore thumb, because they are just playing guitar but on bass, usually with a pick. Bass it a completely different instrument and mindsety to guitar. So no, it's not easier, but you will have a headstart. but that can hinder you if you are not careful..

If poss, do not play your bass with a pick until you can play with your fingers properly (and i dont mean the claw style). The strings are much heavier so will need to buyild up callouses too..

And do not think melodically, think rhythmically!!

Good luck



Whats the claw style?
#11
where you use the thumb for the first three strings and then your index, middle and ring for the bottom strings.. it's more formally known as PIMA.

Bassists would only use this style when playing harmonics usually...
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Quote by Applehead
where you use the thumb for the first three strings and then your index, middle and ring for the bottom strings.. it's more formally known as PIMA.

Bassists would only use this style when playing harmonics usually...


Yeah I'm planning on doing it the other way
#14
I played a little bit of guitar before I went bass, only the very basics of picking with my thumb... so it didn't help with my bass much. I used to play with a plectrum, but now I use my fingers.
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bass is easer because you dont have as many strings the strings are thicker (you wont be missing them) and the frets are bigger i dont play bass but i have before and im a guitarist


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none of that in the forum pleae


to answer the question, it would be easier because you have some finger strength already.
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lol ummm i guess where you use your index and middle for all the strings?
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On some things, like frets, bending, hammering etc. basic stuff.
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#19
I played guitar for 3 years before also learning bass. It helps A LOT, i could just pick it up and get decent very quickly because of my guitar experience (i now play it in a gigging band).

Playing bass before guitar, IMO, is a very bad idea. To understand what to play with guitars, you have to know what the hell is going on musically. Ive seen a lot of people start on bass because its "easy" and have no idea about what to play and when, or why they are playing it.

Going from bass to guitar is HARD. Other way round almost feels like a natural progression.
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I played guitar for 3 years before also learning bass. It helps A LOT, i could just pick it up and get decent very quickly because of my guitar experience (i now play it in a gigging band).

Playing bass before guitar, IMO, is a very bad idea. To understand what to play with guitars, you have to know what the hell is going on musically. Ive seen a lot of people start on bass because its "easy" and have no idea about what to play and when, or why they are playing it.

Going from bass to guitar is HARD. Other way round almost feels like a natural progression.


Cool cuz ive been playing guitar for about 2 years now
#21
Actually, i started on bass and have played guitar for about a year now. To me, guitars feels like little toys compared to a bass. I found it very easy to get relatively good on guitar in no time at all..

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#24
I played guitar for about 6 months before picking up a bass...when I got my first bass I figured out what I was missing and I havent looked back since...playing guitar gave me a pretty good headstart on bass because, as Applehead said, playing guitar helps you know the fretboard and how to fret correctly and hand positions and all that nonsense...So yea guitar before bass gives a good headstart to bass...

I still play guitar a lot, not nearly as much as I play bass though...many people are shocked that I also play guitar almost as good as bass, they're like "Whoa, you seem like such a bassist! I didnt think you ever played guitar!"...but yea I play guitar like a guitar and bass like a bass...
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#25
I never touched a guitar before bass. I used my friends guitar....and it was...well...boring.
#26
i played guitar for a year and a half, then got a bass. getting your hand used to stretching and stuff and like someone said knowing how to fret is where you really would get a "headstart". everyone i've seen playbass for the first time pick it super-acquardly (sorry about the spelling) so people seem to start out one square one there no matter what.
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