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Posted by Dave Rawlings on March 18, 2001 at 17:55:59:
In Reply to: Beginning posted by Peter Lipton on March 18, 2001 at 09:07:15:
I've been playing since 1969. That in itself may or may not be a good thing... anyway on to your question. The best Bass to use is the best you can afford. It can be new or used as long as it is physically and electronically in good shape. If used, have it looked over by a compentent bass repairman. I say bass repairman because not all guitar repairmen work on basses and may not know what to look for or what to correct. For learning, I would however, stay away from the 5 and 6 string models. No need to get REALLY messed up at first. If you're moving over from string bass and have a good ear for pitch, then a fretless may be something to pick up. The same for an amp. You don't need a wall of Marshall stacks to learn on. If it works and puts out a reasonable bass sound, then it's fine for learning on. If, for some unknown reason, you decide bass is not your bag, then you don't want to be out several hundred dollars for something you're going to turn into a coffee table. The one thing I would advise AGAINST is trying to learn on your own. Sure, there are hundreds of books, videos and CD's that will get through the lessons, but there is nothing like a one on one with a good teacher. There is more to playing bass than the mechanical part of playing the notes and a teacher with gig experience will help bring out what bass playing is really all about.
Hope this helps more than confuses.
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