#3
it completely depends on your taste, when you listen to your music, what do you rock out to, those hard core solos, or the nice ambient base solos?
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#4
chances are the bass player will be in higher demand for bands since there are less of them. that being said, pick what YOU like, not what others want. try them both out, and go with the one you enjoyed more and felt more comfortable with.

and don't forget, you can always play both :P
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#5
If you learn guitar and music theory first you can easily move onto Bass later.
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#6
learn bass with a good teacher for like a few years and then teach yerself to play guitar then youll know both pretty well. Tis was i did
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#8
I took up bass purely because of the demand for bassists in my area. Everyone plays guitar and not bass and I gotta say I'm glad I picked bass instead. It's just... I dunno hard to explain it depends on your music taste. Eg I love ska and the majortiy of decent ska songs have awesome bass lines. It really does depend.
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#9
I'd say that, if you want to end up playing both, start with Bass
The way I see it is that it will help build up more finger strength quicker and also help with stretching your fingers
That said, it really is up to you and your preferences
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If you learn guitar and music theory first you can easily move onto Bass later.
If you learn bass and music theory you can easily move onto guitar later.

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#12
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But really... I would say guitar. If you have short fingers like I do (or did... they decided to grow lately) bass is pretty much impossible.
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#13
Go with your instincts. Whichever appeals more to you from a musical perspective is the one to start with. Have people with similar music tastes play something on guitar and bass and follow your ear.
#14
Choose whatever you like better, simple as that.
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#15
Both!
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#16
neither im thinking about quitting guitar for a month and just learn theory on my piano
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it completely depends on your taste, when you listen to your music, what do you rock out to, those hard core solos, or the nice ambient base solos?


i agree with him
#19
I still say guitar first as there's more to learn. Fingerboard has more note positions, there are chords to consider etc. Any decent guitar player can play basic bass (w/ pick) but the reverse is not true.
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I still say guitar first as there's more to learn. Fingerboard has more note positions, there are chords to consider etc. Any decent guitar player can play basic bass (w/ pick) but the reverse is not true.
Oh, because chords are a completely alien idea to bass players

But you're right, any decent guitar player can play bass really badly.
#21
Because no one else seems to be giving a straight answer and telling you to go with the one you want (even though you're asking them) i'll be the brave one

GO WITH GUITAR
#22
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Oh, because chords are a completely alien idea to bass players

But you're right, any decent guitar player can play bass really badly.


I didn't say chords were alien to bass players but use your head, there's two more strings involved so bas chords will not cover all the guitar variations. This is not a contest over which is better. Back when I was playing actively I did sub for bass on occassion as did our band's second guitar player, when required. My younger brother has always played bass. I simply stated basic bass playing is a relatively easy crossover for a guitarist. If you know the chords being played on the rythym guitar, bass notes follow (root). I'm not saying the guitarist will be Stanely Clarke, John Entwistle or Geddy Lee but they'll certainly be able to play. If they can't chances are they are not decent guitarists either.
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#23
Get good at guitar, and learning bass will be a breeze. My friend started playing them both at the same time (but guitar more), and he's really good at both, especially bass:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJV8kWdeDDE

He's only been playing for 3 years but he just recently started focusing on bass.
#25
Meh, I'm personally learning guitar first cause I feel that I'll be really dedicated to the music and enjoy the challenge of competing against other guitarists for that final band spot but make your own choice. We can't tell you which one to do.
#26
I'd learn guitar first because if you learn guitar, you basically(lol) learn bass at the same time.
Same instrument tuning, same notes, chords, etc
#27
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I still say guitar first as there's more to learn. Fingerboard has more note positions, there are chords to consider etc. Any decent guitar player can play basic bass (w/ pick) but the reverse is not true.

They can play it but not correctly......Their technique would be absolutely terrible and yes the reverse is true, it's the same theory applied to different instruments.

I say go to a guitar store, play both and find which you like more.....I like playing guitar more usually but bass feels more natural for some reason....
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#28
to be honest i think guitar is better because you can show off more, shred, solo, just generally be a big head more :P Lol but then again, there are some pretty awesome bassits around, also, i think more people learn bass because they think its "easier" but in my opinion, its quite abit harder than electric guitar
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