#1
I've been playing guitar for about 22 years but I would like to try to learn to play bass. thing is I play by ear do you think it would be to difficult to learn bass that way?
#2
no
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#4
Most basslines follow guitar anyway, so you get that you get your bassline
#5
well. i went from guitar to bass too and the two instruments are in the basics very alike, but getting someone who know how to deal with a bass to help you using the right techniques will increase your learning speed.
#6
Bass is the easiest instrument (apart from vocals) to work out by ear. I do a fair bit of tabbing, and most of the songs I know I've learned by ear, and I always find the bass parts easiest to learn. This is mainly because:
- Bass is almost always single notes
- Bass is almost always the lowest frequency in a song and so it can be picked out easily if you listen closely
- There is almost always just one bass in a song, so unlike guitars you wouldn't ever have two bass parts playing simultaneously to distinguish between
- Basslines mostly play the root notes or at least riffs mainly comprised of the root notes (these are the easiest notes to pick out by ear from a song)
- Basses have a smaller range than most other instruments, so the notes you're listening for will usually be within a 2~ octave range, whereas guitar can have about double that range of notes, and piano even more.

There's probably more reasons, and yes, these reasons are generalisations, but I play bass so my points are valid and what I find to be true.
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#7
ok cool so I'm going to have daddy buy me a bass so tell me this whats the difference between slapping and tapping?
#8
22 years and you don't know the difference between slapping and tapping, and you're getting your dad to buy it for you.

I smell a liar or just a moocher

anyways tapping is when you just tap the fret to get a noise (like in eddie van halens eruption) and slapping is when you use your thumb and you slap the string right at the end of the neck
#9
no its true daddy will buy me the bass and I have a good job so I can pay my own way we're just cool like that!!! I love my baby!! Hey thanks for the info unfortunately it may be a while before I get the guitar because he is in Denver for awhile so I will probably be asking the same stupid questions soon!!! I hope thats cool because I do know there are not enough bass players in this world>