learning curve for bass playing

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Posted by tm3 on December 17, 2000 at 12:51:59:

guess i had better start with "this may be a dumb question, but ..." (keep in
mind i know very little about bass guitar)

i've always enjoyed rock music, and have always wanted to be a part of the music,
that is, to be able to play along with cd's of some of my favorites. i've fiddled
some with 6 string guitar and realize it would take quite a while to learn enough
technique to play along. i was considering trying percussion but while discussing
this with a friend, he recommended trying bass guitar. he says one can get into
simple play along rather quickly, and then add more complicated technique as skill

so, my question is, is the bass guitar indeed "a minute to learn and a lifetime to master"
or a lot more complicated than that?

thanks for the input!

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