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Old 06-08-20, 05:58 PM
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

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My best friend's kid took up guitar about a year ago and is absolutely mad for it. He's like 13 or 14 and texts me all the time asking about tunings and truss rod adjustment and this and that. It's hilarious. Apparently he's gone from learning Metallica riffs and is now, as of a few hours ago, into Blink 182. I feel for my friend.
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If you play bass (or especially drums), you have your choice of bands to play in. GOOD guitarists are a dime-a-dozen, so unless you excel you'll have a tough time finding a band that needs a guitarist (I'm a half-assed guitarist, and was sacked from the only band I was in that really had potential. They replaced me with someone better). Yes, you can start your own band, but you'll spend half the time trying to find a bass player and drummer, and the other half replacing the bass player or drummer who just flaked on you.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

Originally Posted by Paff
If you play bass (or especially drums), you have your choice of bands to play in. GOOD guitarists are a dime-a-dozen, so unless you excel you'll have a tough time finding a band that needs a guitarist (I'm a half-assed guitarist, and was sacked from the only band I was in that really had potential. They replaced me with someone better). Yes, you can start your own band, but you'll spend half the time trying to find a bass player and drummer, and the other half replacing the bass player or drummer who just flaked on you.
You just described 90% of my musical 'career', dating back into the '80s.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

Originally Posted by Paff
If you play bass (or especially drums), you have your choice of bands to play in. GOOD guitarists are a dime-a-dozen, so unless you excel you'll have a tough time finding a band that needs a guitarist (I'm a half-assed guitarist, and was sacked from the only band I was in that really had potential. They replaced me with someone better). Yes, you can start your own band, but you'll spend half the time trying to find a bass player and drummer, and the other half replacing the bass player or drummer who just flaked on you.
In practice, this is only really true if the band is not famous (nor semi-famous).

If a band is famous enough, the lead singer frequently holds all the cards. Everybody else can be easily "replaced" with no shortage of applicants auditioning for a famous (or semi-famous) band.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

I'm guessing the OP never learned anything since he was assassinated.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

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In practice, this is only really true if the band is not famous (nor semi-famous).

If a band is famous enough, the lead singer frequently holds all the cards. Everybody else can be easily "replaced" with no shortage of applicants auditioning for a famous (or semi-famous) band.
True, but somehow I doubt Tom Morello or Eddie Vedder lurk here in the Music Forum.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

I stand by my 2020 post.

In 2022, I went on several auditions for a guitarist and got turned down at all of them. Found some guys on Craigslist who needed a bassist and got the gig, even though I literally didn't own a bass. Went out and bought a $95 Harley Benton Jazz Bass and $150 Fender Rumble bass amp. Long story short, we've played about 20 gigs in the last year and are in the process of mixing our first EP.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

I went through a similar debate and ended up choosing the guitar first because of its versatility in playing rhythm and lead parts. However, I later picked up the bass and found its groove and backbone role in bands to be equally satisfying. Neither is inherently more difficult to learn; it's more about what kind of music you want to make and how you want to express yourself.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

My 18 year old daughter has been playing the electric bass for three years. She really enjoys is (takes lessons and plays in the high school jazz band) but she recently started teaching herself guitar because she's also a singer and wants to accompany herself. I was afraid she was going to put the bass aside in favor of the guitar when she goes to college but she's taking her basses with her and is interested in seeing if she can find a band in her college town. It's been a cool instrument to have in the house.
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Depends on what kind of music she wants to play, Draves, but I'm sure she'll have no problem finding the band of her choice. Especially if she's into rock and roll. I don't know the jazz bass crowd, and I imagine they'd be snobs and demand it be an upright bass. But like I said a few years ago, you play bass or drums, you're in immediate demand.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

I play ukulele and I'm good enough to play electric rhythm uke in an ensemble, it's been fun.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

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Depends on what kind of music she wants to play, Draves, but I'm sure she'll have no problem finding the band of her choice. Especially if she's into rock and roll. I don't know the jazz bass crowd, and I imagine they'd be snobs and demand it be an upright bass. But like I said a few years ago, you play bass or drums, you're in immediate demand.
I agree about the upright (that was my experience growing up singing in a jazz choir) but her high school has a fantastic jazz program and in all four groups, they have electric bass players (and they are all girls too). I guess its the thing now.

But yes, shed probably look for a pop/rock group.
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Re: Help me decide between learning bass or guitar

I'm just trying to imagine JK Simmons' string of expletives if you walked into his Studio Jazz room with a Fender Precision
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