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Posted by Vando (220.127.116.11) on August 28, 2003 at 08:00:21:
In Reply to: where do i start? posted by Sean on August 27, 2003 at 10:44:31:
The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. First off, if you wan to play bass, then play bass -- you don't need to play guitar first. Lessons from a competent instructor can only help, but make sure you devote a reasonable amount of time to working on your own -- the important thing is to develop good habits early, so bad ones don't become part of your playing arsenal.
As far as purchasing a bass goes, talk to others you know who play and find out what they like. We are beyond the point where it's necessary to spend two months' pay to get a decent rig. Go to any and all local stores and try everything... while you may not have the experience now to know what feels good to you, you have a pretty good idea of what sounds good. I was working (gigs and session work) with a $4000 bass and retired it in favor of one that cost me $500, because it sounded and played better. You don't have to go right out and buy the best, most pro gear now -- but get something that you won't grow out of in a few months if you are serious. As far as rigs go, you can get a great combo amp these days for not very much money. Once again -- see what sounds good. Make sure you have enough headroom in the amp that you can cover whatever kind of playing conditions you'll require, unless you simply plan to get something to use for practice and then get an additional setup later (not a bad idea, so you don't have to do as much lugging).
Hope this helps.
: Hi, im interested in buying a bass guitar, but to be honest i dont realy have a clue where to start!
: Do most bassist's start out by playing electric guitars? How much should i expect to pay for my first bass and amp? Are bass lessons worth it? or should i try and teach myself?
: sorry if some of those questions sound stupid! :)
: Any help would be great!
: P.S. does any one have the URL's of good bass sites, and music shops, preferably in the UK
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