Posted by El Pájaro on July 19, 2000 at 07:01:21:
In Reply to: i want to learn how to play bass posted by Lionel on July 18, 2000 at 23:39:08:
: hey, um i'm starting to get into bass guitar and i want to know what kind i should get to start...not too expensive..and plus, i wanted to know if it's really hard to play...cause i really want to dedicate like all my time to this..i love music so much..if anyone can pleaes help me, i would apppreciate it..bye
Hey there Lionel,
Considering what you could find in the used market and the ongoing growth of entry-level instruments being made by all kind of companies, from small shop to big time, you'll have no trouble finding the right bass for you. My best advice for you is to try every bass that fits your budget, then you'll be ready to make up your mind. Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't let anxious salespeople pressure you into buying any determined instrument; look for a bass that feels comfortable to play and sounds good to you. Brands and models can be named, but everybody has a different favorite and, ultimately, you should decide based on your taste and needs, not someone else's opinion.
Is it that hard to play bass? Well, it can be depending on how far do you want to take it. Certainly, soloing over "Giant Steps" in the 12 keys does require a considerable amount of both musical knowledge and technical skill, but to pound away root notes in a blues jam you can pull it off without much knowledge and/or experience. If you have a clear picture of the goals you'd like to reach in music, then it will become clear how hard playing bass in an acceptable manner will be for you.
Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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