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#1
Hey Pit,

Odd question [or not so odd]:

Lately, Ive become increasing dissatisfied with my bass playing. Been playing for a year and a half and am currently in two bands [a blues band a school pep band]. I am aware that every instrument "is what you make of it", and I believe it, but Im starting to feel that there are 'realistic' [for lack of a better word] boundaries for the usage of bass in bands.

I have also started to look into flamenco and classical guitar, and I have become seriously interested. I find the music beautiful, and the ability to both play alone and in groups, and anywhere is extremely appealing. It also feels like there are more 'checkpoints' or milestones or whatever [measurable progress?] when learning flamenco/classical than learning bass.

Question is, is this just me being emo about my basshood and i should just wait it out, or should i foray into the world of acoustic guitar?* At the same time, should i give up playing bass? I'm a college student, and I dont want to own too many extra things [already have a bass, 180W amp and a skateboard]. Selling the equip should be able to subsidize the cost for a decent nylon guitar

thanks

*Note: I in no way intend to become a faggy 4 chord "guitarist/singer" just in order to pick up girls. [although, when situations call for it...]

EDIT: Also, i have performed with the bands on a semi-regular basis and Ive noticed that I really dont get into it, I just really focus on getting the part down, and it pretty much ends there
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#2
I don't think you should give up bass altogether but you can give it a rest for a while.
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Do both

Guitar is more fun, IMO
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#5
Jazz bass is sooo much fun. Look into that. Anyways, I say go with both.
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#9
Learn upright bass, therefore instantly becoming bad ass.
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#10
Tis true, upright is pretty badass. Dont have enough money to get one + a teacher [you really cant self-teach yourself upright]

ATM, im really into playing fusion, [Weather Report, Herbie Hancock], funk and motown, but no one [here on campus at least] really plays that kind of music. Most of the people here play crappy indie, pop and folk music, the music scene is pretty lame. I'm kinda into jazz, and my probable goal for my summer off is to learn how to play a half-decent walking jazz line. Hopefully it wont be too hard, as I can do blues stuff already.

If worst comes to worst, Ill probably buy one of those 99$ guitars and learn/mess with that. Its true that there arent enough bassists around, and finding bands/gigs will be a cinch, but it will be hard to find a band that i genuinely enjoy. The biggest thing keeping me in the two bands I'm in is the social aspect and building up my chops
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#12
If you want to play guitar, do so, but I wouldn't give up on bass entirely. Put it in storage/at your parents house if you don't feel like playing it right now.
#13
I say do both. Don't give up bass. If you really want to play guitar, do it. Buy a cheap one, and if you can't afford a teacher, you can teach yourself, with this site alone.
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#14
If you ask me, bass isn't any more limited than guitar...it's all about how you think about it.

That said, it's better, at first at least, to take a break from an instrument, rather than give it up. Looking at the band's you're in, I can see how you'd get bored....let your musical taste evolve a little, and if you still don't like the bass, then go ahead and betray us. ( )


Acoustic guitars are generally cheaper than electrics, btw, and you can get some pretty good deal if you really look...all it takes is patience.
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#16
Storage isnt really an option. 1. If im keeping the bass, i have no real reason to leave the bands I'm in . 2. im 700 miles from home.

Im going to give this a few weeks and see if I still feel like this.

does this site have alot of resources for classical and flamenco. also, are there any reasons why I SHOULD pick up acoustic guitar? and against? [ignore my feeling]

thanks

EDIT: I perfectly agree that bass is no more limited than guitar, but there is nearly NO room for creativity [the pep band is all sheet music and theres only SO MUCH one can do with blues
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Last edited by InvaderRen at May 18, 2008,
#17
^ another band?

Besides, you already have an amp, why sell it? Acoustics sound just fine through bass amps unless it's a single 15" or something...and even then it's not that bad.

Knowing how to play flamenco would help you in just about any music you play...
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#18
was planning on getting a nylon guitar. The main thing is, next year is going to be a hell year [course wise] and i dont want two things distracting me. Id rather focus on one and do it well.

I honestly cant believe im considering selling my bass + amp
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Storage isnt really an option. 1. If im keeping the bass, i have no real reason to leave the bands I'm in . 2. im 700 miles from home.

Im going to give this a few weeks and see if I still feel like this.

does this site have alot of resources for classical and flamenco. also, are there any reasons why I SHOULD pick up acoustic guitar? and against? [ignore my feeling]

thanks

EDIT: I perfectly agree that bass is no more limited than guitar, but there is nearly NO room for creativity [the pep band is all sheet music and theres only SO MUCH one can do with blues


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Excellent classical guitar resource!

But I'd say stick with bass, and pick up CLASSICAL guitar, it's a completely different world and style of playing, it tought me a lot just learning it through my grandfather.
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#21
Can you tap? When I learned to tap on bass it brought me right back. I'd get a cheap guitar so you can experiment more to see if you really want to make it your primary instrument.
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#22
Continue with bass, but learn guitar as well.

Although I'd like to point out that if you were a really good bassist, you would probably find that there were very few restrictions. Learn some funk techniques.
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Just stick with bass and learn some slap bass. I recommend trying Victor Wooten's stuff, then realizing that you have a long way to go.


Or Les Claypool or Cliff Burton or any jazz or funk or prog bassist ever.

Personally, I'm not that fond of Wooten's sound.
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#25
To be honest, I think this guy has been around and knows a lot of the popular bassists, and how to slap.
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#26
Pick up both. No harm in trying. Whatever you find funny, man. I mean, personally I feel like playing bass in a band is way more fun because of the groove you feel from it. But ofcourse it's different from person to person.
#27
thanks Jubby, yeah, i know how to slap and I know all those bassists. I'm just not too into them

i agree 100% with the groove thing, but theres only SO MUCH groove in blues and sheet music [cant even toy with the bass part b/c im being doubled by a tuba]

do you ppl think this is just a rut i need to get through?
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MIM Jazz fretless
180W Ashdown 12"
GAS:
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#29
I still think you should get a cheap guitar to start out with to see if you prefer it. Then if you do you can sell your jazz for a nice guitar, and maybe sell the cheap guitar you got to get a cheap bass so you can stay in practice.
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#30
actually, sax is on the possibilities list. I played clarinet for a long time, so the switch would be rather easy
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#32
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thanks Jubby, yeah, i know how to slap and I know all those bassists. I'm just not too into them

i agree 100% with the groove thing, but theres only SO MUCH groove in blues and sheet music [cant even toy with the bass part b/c im being doubled by a tuba]

do you ppl think this is just a rut i need to get through?

I think you just need to listen to new music. You just sound bored of the blues.
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#33
Do both.

I played bass for a couple years before I picked up the guitar, and I still play both.
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#34
If you stop for a while and take a break, that could be good for your bass playing.

It would be good if you picked up a really chea guitar and started playing that.

So on one side, you could get into a band easy, cuz you paly bass. But you can also play guitar if you ever get bored. And you have room for your bass playing to grow.
#35
i do listen to much more than blues, the thing is, thats what i PLAY. Like i said earlier, im into other stuff, but this is one of the opportunities i have to play with an ensemble

i wonder if its just a problem i have with the bass's role in an ensemble, in some genres at least.
My Gear:
MIM Jazz fretless
180W Ashdown 12"
GAS:
NOTHING
#36
Quote by InvaderRen
Hey Pit,

Odd question [or not so odd]:

Lately, Ive become increasing dissatisfied with my bass playing. Been playing for a year and a half and am currently in two bands [a blues band a school pep band]. I am aware that every instrument "is what you make of it", and I believe it, but Im starting to feel that there are 'realistic' [for lack of a better word] boundaries for the usage of bass in bands.

I have also started to look into flamenco and classical guitar, and I have become seriously interested. I find the music beautiful, and the ability to both play alone and in groups, and anywhere is extremely appealing. It also feels like there are more 'checkpoints' or milestones or whatever [measurable progress?] when learning flamenco/classical than learning bass.

Question is, is this just me being emo about my basshood and i should just wait it out, or should i foray into the world of acoustic guitar?* At the same time, should i give up playing bass? I'm a college student, and I dont want to own too many extra things [already have a bass, 180W amp and a skateboard]. Selling the equip should be able to subsidize the cost for a decent nylon guitar

thanks

*Note: I in no way intend to become a faggy 4 chord "guitarist/singer" just in order to pick up girls. [although, when situations call for it...]

EDIT: Also, i have performed with the bands on a semi-regular basis and Ive noticed that I really dont get into it, I just really focus on getting the part down, and it pretty much ends there


There's your problem...

But, if you really want to switch instruments, it's all up to you. Whatever you like most.

BUT, think about it. You see a guy shredding on guitar, cool, but it's been done... a lot.

You see a guy shredding on a bass with his fingers and using all sorts of cool slap bass and tapping techniques, and it's much more unique. (It's part of why I chose to be a bassist. Bassists can play a big role in a band, depending on what kind of band you're in.)
#37
Bass is obviously far more awesome, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of those short-scale six string toy basses
#38
o sorry, there should be a comma there. I'm in two separate bands

i starting to think i need to find a 'better' band to be in, and to learn new styles [latin, flamenco, reggae, etc]. too bad most of the bands around here are chock full of emo/indie fags
My Gear:
MIM Jazz fretless
180W Ashdown 12"
GAS:
NOTHING
#39
In blues bands and school bands you're limited a lot. Find another band or something. Like a prog band, you won't be bored in one of those.
#40
ok, dilemma:

I can either take my bass home and work on styles of my choosing [probably reggae and flamenco], that I would probably never use, at least soon, or i can get a cheapo nylon guitar and work on that.

I'm leaning towards working on the bass so I can improve my overall musicianship. However, guitar would be much more portable, and interesting.

thoughts?
My Gear:
MIM Jazz fretless
180W Ashdown 12"
GAS:
NOTHING
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