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Posted by Nick Moore ( on July 05, 2002 at 10:38:21:


I have sort of a dumb question, but here goes...

I want to learn the electric bass and I'm really into the hard metal stuff, like death metal and black metal. because of the extended low tunings this music calls for, I know that I will eventually be playing a 5-string.

question: instead of the normal route of starting on a 4-stringer, would it be too much for a beginner to start on a 5-string bass?

could I not just ignore that extra string while I'm learning the basics? or is there more to 5-string basses than just the extra string? (like scale length, etc.)

your opinions are appreciated!


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