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#1
I really need a bassist so im trying to encourage a friend to learn it. is it easier to learn than guitar or just the same?
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#2
Probably a little easier to pick up but just as difficult to master.

This is coming from someone who started on bass and now play 6 string.
#4
IMO, it's easier to be decent at, but harder or about the same to be freaking amazing at than guitar. Chances are, you'll be able to show him/her like 4 notes, and have them keep a steady beat in the background just to help out the feel of the song, and they can progress as they play. If you're starting a 'generic' rock band, then it'll be easy enough. If you're starting a prog/shred/something ridiculous band, then you may run into some problems....

edit: although deleriumbassist is right....
it's not, like one has a difficulty level of 1, and one has a difficulty level of 2 or something...
it's two different things, so trying to make a direct comparison is difficult
Last edited by james4 at Apr 15, 2008,
#5
Some things are easier, some things are harder. Though, a lot of bass players resent being considered "wasn't good enough to play guitar so I played bass".
I can play guitar as good or better than a lot guitarist I played with. I choose to play bass because that is what I enjoy to play. I'm sure there is a lot of other bassists out here that are the same way.
#6
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Some things are easier, some things are harder. Though, a lot of bass players resent being considered "wasn't good enough to play guitar so I played bass".
I can play guitar as good or better than a lot guitarist I played with. I choose to play bass because that is what I enjoy to play. I'm sure there is a lot of other bassists out here that are the same way.
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#7
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Probably a little easier to pick up but just as difficult to master.

This is coming from someone who started on bass and now play 6 string.


+1
#9
Quote by webbtje
Probably a little easier to pick up but just as difficult to master.

This is coming from someone who started on bass and now play 6 string.


+1
The first techniques you learn aren't hard to grasp but the more you learn the harder it gets and the more the two differ.
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#10
Easy to learn, hard to master.
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#11
Since bass was my first stringed instrument it was obviously pretty hard to get a hang of. But then again picking up guitar seemed surprisingly easy since I already knew my way around the fretboard and could handle a pick. IMO your first instrument always SEEMS like the hardest one.

I'm not sure about the "bass is easy to learn but hard to master" argument though. I'm far from virtuoso so I'm pretty much talking out of my ass right now, but I've gotten the impression that seeing from the physical side of playing, guitar is both harder to learn AND to master. BUT as Ben said, seeing from the musicianship side, bass and guitar are completely different instruments and can't be compared.
#12
I think it depends on the person. I have buddies that cant even pluck a string or fret a note. Eye think you have to have at least a little natural talent.

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#13
Yes. Yes it is.

That's what you wanted to hear, isn't it?

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#15
If someone needs to persuaded that it's easy and won't be a lot of work to get good, they're probably too lazy to ever take it seriously.
#16
It is easier to just play a bass than a guitar. To play it well, to get recognized as a decent player, or to live with a clean conscience about whether or not you deserve the fame/money that the band gets you - Now THAT is just as hard as any other instrument. Only in a different way.
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If someone needs to persuaded that it's easy and won't be a lot of work to get good, they're probably too lazy to ever take it seriously.


+1 to that.

If he needs persuading to start then he won't be much use.

Anyway, in general, I believe that bass is easier to pick up than guitar and its the easiest job in a band under one circumstance: you play a simple four chord pattern.
As basslines get harder, it cactches up with the guitar as some techniques on bass harder than anything on guitar (I reckon).

But you have to be a musician to play either. Picking any old bum won't do any good as they have to have an ear for rhythm and music in general.
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#19
Quote by smb
If someone needs to persuaded that it's easy and won't be a lot of work to get good, they're probably too lazy to ever take it seriously.


Agreed.

If you do talk him into it, he's going to be the guy that never shows up to practice. You can't force a band together. Let them come to you. If you think he has potential as a bass player, let him know of his opportunity and wait for the phone to ring.

Trust me, I speak from experience.
#20
Dear god, I hate this kind of question. Everyone, read this.

Bass guitar is only as easy as you want it to be.
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#23
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If someone needs to persuaded that it's easy and won't be a lot of work to get good, they're probably too lazy to ever take it seriously.

+Fitz

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#24
We've got enough of those.

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#25
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I'm not even going to bother.


If you think playing 3 chord punk is hard, then you are mislead. However, if you wanna be a true musician like Victor Wooten and the like, bass is NOT easy.
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If you think playing 3 chord punk is hard, then you are mislead. However, if you wanna be a true musician like Victor Wooten and the like, bass is NOT easy.


Show me where I said 3 chord punk isn't easy. It is. However, anything with 3 chords is easy. A lot of rock music is just root notes. GENRES DON'T HAVE DIFFICULTIES ATTACHED TO THEM.
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If you wanna play punk, sure.



Well I've given you some time to think about it. Your first post was unnecessary and spam. And maybe take some time in the next month and listen to some Mike Watt.

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#28
Quote by dude-1
If you think playing 3 chord punk is hard, then you are mislead. However, if you wanna be a true musician like Victor Wooten and the like, bass is NOT easy.

Why do you have to provoke Delirium when he's obviously expressing his difficulty holding his tongue?

Now you've stumbled upon yet ANOTHER common misconception, one centered around that dreadful word: GENRES.

Your first assumption is that "punk" always means "three power chords over and over again", thus your "3 chord punk".

Your second assumption is that Delirium doesn't know what he's talking about.

Your third assumption is that the bassist community will go "oh yeah, he knows what he's talking about" if you present Victor Wooten - that high-end technician we all know - as the opposite of something you think is easy.

All three of these are ignorant assumptions. Stop generalizing. It kills the intellectual's spirit. Or, more importantly, makes you look like a dumbass.

...Hopefully I've saved Delirium from going off on you himself.

EDIT: Note to self. Epic posts take more time to write then do a mod's ban notice. Also, Delirium summed up what I had to say much more efficiently. I have GOT to get less wordy.
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#29
Quote by Deliriumbassist
Show me where I said 3 chord punk is easy. It is. However, anything with 3 chords is easy. A lot of rock music is just root notes. GENRES DON'T HAVE DIFFICULTIES ATTACHED TO THEM.


Dude, you didn't get the memo?

DIFFICULTY /10

Metal 6/10

Classic 6/10

Funk 7/10

Punk 1/10

Emo.............emo has bass?
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#30
Punk may not be easy, but if you think its as difficult as Classical Thump, then you need help. The Clash, Dead Kennedys, are all examples of punk with somewhat difficult bass in them.

In a way, I believe guitar is easier. I phail at it, but I can play the fast part of the Highway Star solo. I guess one could just say it is harder to stand out and sound good on bass.
#31
I have to concur with IndianRockStar, guitar for me was much easier. Bass has required more attention to theory and rhythm and a devotion to being faithful to the foundation that has made it much more of a challenge. Like a teacher of mine once said. a good bassist can make a mediocre guitarist sound good, but the opposite is never true.

Oh yes, and bass is way more fun and rewarding for me as well.
#32
Quote by KKING911
Dude, you didn't get the memo?

DIFFICULTY /10

Metal 6/10

Classic 6/10

Funk 7/10

Punk 1/10

Emo.............emo has bass?


Punk = 1/10?

Listen to Rancid's "Maxwell Murder" and THEN say punk deserves 1/10.
#33
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Punk = 1/10?

Listen to Rancid's "Maxwell Murder" and THEN say punk deserves 1/10.

Methinks it was a joke, yeah?
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#35
like anything.. how easy it is to learn depends entirely on your willingness to learn
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#36
Quote by Deliriumbassist
GENRES DON'T HAVE DIFFICULTIES ATTACHED TO THEM.


I take it you aren't forced to play country covers on a regular basis. I swear, the hardest part is just staying awake. BUM...DEE-BUM... DEE-BUM... DEE-BUM for five of the longest minutes of your life.

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Bass guitar is only as easy as you want it to be.


Thread could have ended here. Sure, just about anyone can pick up a bass and learn to pluck 8ths on the root within a month. However, to play the instrument well, and earn the respect of your colleagues takes just as much, if not more skill than any other instrument.
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#37
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#39
I personally find bass harder to pick up than electric guitar... My gf has an electric and i find it very easy physically to play and to get melodys happening, its harder with bass, the strings are thicker, the neck is thicker, (usually) the neck is longer (again, sometimes)
Bass sounds cooler imo, and to finally answer your question: Nah, its not easier, its too different to be easier.
Although i find that THERES TOO MANY STRINGS ON AN ELECTRIC GUITAR!!!! (hits wrong string and makes ass of himself pretending to be good) lol
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#40
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Probably a little easier to pick up but just as difficult to master.

This is coming from someone who started on bass and now play 6 string.

+1
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