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Posted by Mickster (220.127.116.11) on July 05, 2002 at 12:14:41:
In Reply to: 5-string...for a beginner? 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!
Nick, if you're just starting out, you wouldn't know the difference anyway. A five is not really harder to play or learn on; people seem to think this is the case because it has an extra string. I didn't start playing a 5 until about a year ago, and that was after playing 4s for over 25 years. The only thing I had a slight problem with was mistaking the low B string for the E string, because for all those years I associated the lowest string as being the E. After a month or so this was no longer an issue. If you start on a 35" scale bass, this will seem normal to you. Go for a 5.
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