Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on November 15, 2000 at 16:52:29:
In Reply to: question from a newbie posted by Stephen Goeth on November 11, 2000 at 16:43:18:
: What made you guys want to learn the electric bass?
: The reason I'm asking is that I'm trying to decide between buying an electric bass or electric guitar. I've never played an instrument before in my life and I like each one. They are both powerful instruments and I'm having a hard time trying to decide!
: Thanks for any input on this somewhat silly matter,
What makes you think it's silly?
My first instrument was piano, when I was about 8 years old. I took lessons until I started guitar (folk guitar class in school) when I was 14, and I picked up bass somewhere along the way.
I first wanted to be a musician in February of 1964, when I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan (who didn't?); I'd just turned 3, so I was a little bit young to start, and I just kinda had to wait.
I've always listened to both guitarists and bassists, so it was natural for me to wind up playing both guitar *and* bass. To answer your main question, though, I'd tend to agree with the way that Datsgor put it; which instrument do you hear most when you're listening?
Right offhand, if you're planning on ultimately learning *both* guitar and bass, I'd tend to start with guitar; bass is easier to learn initially, but it's *much* easier to go from guitar to bass than it is to start on bass and go to guitar. The reason is simply that you don't deal with a lot of chords and multiple notes when you're learning bass, which is an absolute necessity for guitar.
I'd go a little farther and say that piano is *the* best instrument to learn as a first instrument, mainly because you tend to learn a lot of basic music theory along with the instrument itself, but I wouldn't say it's an absolute requirement.
Hope that helps!
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