Originally Posted by ebonalley
So I recently moved to rural farm country and there are no bass guitar lessons. In the absence of a bass instructor what will be more helpful to my bass playing growth a) guitar lessors or b) piano lessons? I figure guitar lessons will help me with the chords but I already have access to a keyboard and piano seems to be great foundation instrument. Your thoughts?
A couple of things:
1. Piano. I messed around with tabs for a while, until I started looking at the bass as a piano. Then things really clicked for me. [James Jamerson also played the piano when he first got started.]
2. If you can't find a formal teacher, find an experienced local bass player as a mentor that can help you with some technical issues to get started on the right foot.
3. Find some friends to jam with.
4. Have fun. Bass is the most fun instrument.