Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on October 27, 2000 at 09:39:13:
In Reply to: Also... posted by Johnny on October 25, 2000 at 22:53:57:
: Do I want four string or five or six string? Do I want fretted or fretless? Please help! I want to play bass so bad!
If you're just starting on bass, a regular fretted 4-string would probably be the easiest place to start, imho.
Fretless has generally been favored more by people who came over from string bass; with a fretless, your finger placement has to be *exact*, or you'll be playing out of tune. If you're not used to the level of precision necessary to play a fretless effectively, I'd tend to stay away from it.
As far as the 4/5/6-string question goes, 4 strings are less confusing to begin with. Learning all your technique on a 4-string and then adapting it for 5 or 6 strings is probably easier than trying to learn on 5 or 6 and then have to adapt it back down to a 4-string, but there might be differing opinions on that...
Hope that helps!
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