Posted by A on September 21, 2001 at 02:46:30:
In Reply to: is it hard to learn? posted by Sera on September 19, 2001 at 17:40:24:
: Hey! I am very interested in learning to play the bass and I was wondering how long it would take me to begin learning? my friend plays and is going to help teach me. :)
It's good that you have someone to teach you, that's pretty important. When I started I had myself and a video telling me the basics. I watched the video and within a week of picking up the bass I could do everything on the video, so I struck out on my own. I've never really looked back and i'm sure that I must have gained something from exploring into the world of bass and learning on my own, but it would have been a lot easier with someone to teach me. I sometimes think that I should have found a teacher because I don't really know enough about the bass (music theory and all that).
It will take you no time to learn how to play the bass. I found that it was getting a feel for the bass that was hardest, after that it was a case of playing and playing and playing. Next thing I knew, i'd been playing bass for about a year and I was getting good.
Just don't give in straight away if it seems hard, persist and practice for at least 3 or 4 hours a week. Bass is a fairly easy instrument to play (depending on your style).
But the most important thing to remember is to have fun. Playing the bass is great and you'll love it.
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