Guitar and Bass questions (19)

1 Name: Sen : 2007-08-30 20:08 ID:2qZ+F/Wt

Hey ya'll.
I've been playing guitar for about two years, but I am not very skilled at all. I need some fairly easy, but good sounding songs to learn.

And how much would a bass guitar cost? Would I need a seperate amp just for it? I have a good amp for my Electric.

2 Name: Mew : 2007-08-30 22:29 ID:K22d+2uO

Here is a good selection of them, might be able to find them on ebay for less, and I think that you can use the same amp, but I would check one of the sites for it.

3 Name: MetalOtaku : 2007-09-23 02:59 ID:ATkVI9C2

You can use the same amp.

You have to tell us what kind of music/songs you like. I believe the easiest songs are the ones you like the most. In my first year
i tried to learn The trooper from Iron Maiden. It's not the most difficult song but not the easiest either for a beginner.

I loved that song so much that i had the patience to practice it and play it fairly well even in the first year.

Good-easy songs to start with as far as metal is concerned are most songs of Iron Maiden and Metallica.

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5 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-12 04:11 ID:scD961uh

Check out your local craig's list as there are plenty of musicians selling their old stuff some of which is in really good condition. Not too many musicians bash their axes.

6 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-17 15:43 ID:ke6LmRBc

Is it true that it is easier to learn to play bass then regular guitar ~_~? Also I'm left handed so getting a guitar in most cases costs quite a bit more /cry

7 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-11-06 16:38 ID:LOdQSnAA

You shouldn't use your guitar amp for your bass. Both instruments are at the same difficulty level. Both require around the same effort to pick up, and both are around the same difficulty to master. Even though you are left handed, I would suggest you play right handed, it is very possible.

8 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-11-13 16:28 ID:HgUswMyN

depending on how frail your hands are, bass can be very difficult

in my experience (started on guitar for a couple years, moved to bass a month ago) bass requires a lot more stamina in your tendons, and you'll have to practice religiously to build the strength necessary for extended play

and like >>7 says, playing right handed is not out of the question. I'm a lefty and I enjoy playing both ways, but I'm much more comfortable using my left for fretting and my right (always an 'automatic' operator) feels best for finger picking

9 Name: Ilikepie : 2008-04-16 19:15 ID:Hl1qlFoZ

>>3 "You can use the same amp."
I actually asked at my music store 'cause i'm thinking of buying a new bass guitar, but they said that it could ruin the amp O___o of course it could possibly be that they just wanted to sell another amp but I ain't taking any chances xDD

10 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-04-18 06:44 ID:KUpT4Hc2

Don't use an electric bass on a guitar amp. My advice is don't think it won't happen because it will. You'll ruin it.

11 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-06 20:54 ID:NaQKF/L2

You can use a electric bass on a guitar amp. just don't use it too loud, because THAT is what fucks up the amp. using your guitar amp for gigs and such is completly out of the question.

12 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-27 15:01 ID:XnQeCV5+

If you're buying a bass to begin learning how to play, I guess you could slightly wreck your guitar amp trying to find out whether you want to play it or not. After a few weeks, if you find that you like playing bass, I suggest that you invest in a bass amp. It's the frequency of the sound of the bass that ruins a guitar amp; volume affects this but is not the only factor. Just because you turn down the volume does not guarantee that the guitar amp will not be destroyed.

Incidentally, in buying a bass, I recommend a 4-sting passive, preferably secondhand as you are not yet sure whether you will pursue this hobby.

And for the record, learning how to play the bass is quite different from the guitar. The strings are thicker, the techniques (slapping, popping, tapping, etc.) are different, and plucking is different as well (and is not a very common technique).

13 Name: PK : 2008-05-29 03:13 ID:bDRipjeP

The best way I've improved was by listening to many different styles of music. For 4 years, I've played nothing but punk and some mainstream rock bands, and I had never really gotten better. It wasn't until I started listening to and playing blues, classic rock, and heavy metal that I got better, quicker.

Although learning these songs may help improve your technique, looking into learning scales, chords, and basic music theory is very important. Out of these, I'm most knowledgeable on learning scales (my failure as a rhythm player is due to my lack of knowledge on more complex chords and most music theory). Start with the minor pentatonic scale ( There are a number of sites that provide lessons on becoming more familiar with this scale ( Once you know the scale through the fretboard (not necessarily mastered), you can start learning to improvise. This takes a lot of time and practice. The best way I learned to do this was by listening to a lot of blues musicians (I listened to a lot of B.B. King, Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan) and learning guitar licks. I use these licks in my playing, but I eventually learned to create my own which would eventually shape my own style of playing. These things will sort of come naturally to you once you get started on it. Also, don't be afraid to jam with other guitar players. I learned a lot from a man who I met and jammed with at Guitar Center. He was one of my main inspirations for playing the blues.

Explore the Jam Center website. It has a lot of free lessons that you can use.

14 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-09 01:25 ID:ze3Kqba4

If you decide to learn bass, get ready for lots of painful blisters on your fingertips if you get serious. They hurt like crazy, but they're the fastest way to get calluses, which make your fingers more resistant to blisters and pain.

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19 Name: Anonymous Hobbyist : 2022-03-18 12:38 ID:0xg16k+Q

If you can play a bit of guitar already, bass is really easy! Also, guitar amps aren't designed to handle the bass guitar's lower frequencies, don't risk it!

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