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Re: Guitarists playing bass. Not good, not good.

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Posted by Zach on March 16, 2001 at 12:20:10:

In Reply to: Re: Guitarists playing bass. Not good, not good. posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on March 16, 2001 at 05:15:35:

When I first started playing bass about 4 and a half years ago, I took lessons from a bass player-turned-guitarist. He had played bass for a while before going to guitar, but he had been on guitar long enough to the point that his chops on bass had degraded a bit. The main reason I took lessons from him was for the theory and technique. I finished up with him and took lessons from an actual "bassist", where I learned advanced theory and technique, slapping, tapping, chords, scales, modes, etc. By the time that new teacher moved away, my bass playing had become far more advanced than my former instructor's. I had even excelled at upright bass, which my instructor had never done.

One thing I don't like about guitarists-turned-bass players is that guitar players are used to playing with a pick, and thus use a pick to play bass. Sure a pick might sound good in certain situations, but there is a big difference between using a pick on guitar and using a pick on bass. In my experience in playing with a pick, it is more common for a bass player to palm-mute notes to make them sound more "bassy".

It's pretty funny to watch guitar players try to pull off the machine-gun-triplets too (or any slapping at all). Bass players must make it look easy or something, cause I've seen more guitar players than I can count try to pull stuff like that off. It's also funny watching guitar players try to play upright...their hands can barely fit around the neck. Bass playing is an art form beyond what most guitar players can understand....a mix of style and groove that takes even a bass player years to master. Bassists kinda have the advantage in switching to guitar in that their chops are so built from the heavy strings and instruments that playing guitar is just like playing a tenor or picallo bass.

Not to hold anything against guitar players, but to every player their own instrument. Stick to what you're good at, and you will excell at it! Guaranteed! That's why I stick to bass!


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