I'm a completely new Bass player, i have Questions.
Alright, i'm getting a Bass Guitar for Christmas and i have some questions regarding playing, what i need, etc. Ill make it nice and simple in a list:
1. I have clubbed thumbs, will this affect my playability? I understand a lot of Bassists use they're thumbs to play, and i'm not sure if ill do it as good..
2. Does the Bass size ABSOLUTELY matter? I'm 13, can i just buy a full size bass? I'm going to grow into one eventually anyway..
3. Personally, i'm crazy about Semi-Hollow Basses, they look stunning and they sound pretty nice too, thing is, i cant find any that are recommended or cheap enough for me to save up for if i decide on to buy one in the future. What is the key difference from a Semi-Hollow and a plain solid body? And are they good for beginners?
4. I'm used to reading treble clef in mostly everything, I have two acoustic guitars, but i am just horrible at playing chords and things like that and i really don't like them anyway. I mostly play Violin, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, Autoharp, Piano. (yeah, i dont read Bass clef, i just play my songs on Piano and Autoharp by ear, same with Viola.) I want to become a dedicated Bassist, will it be harder to learn Bass clef?
5. Are these off brands really not that good? I just want a cheap beginner one to start with, nothing too fancy, nothing professional, just something that will work for a while until i get good. I know what to look for in a Bass, and i know what i want, but can i start with something plainly on Ebay for $100-$150?
6. Does the Amp matter? BIG question. I play Electric Violin and i use a electric guitar amp for that, a Yamaha GA-10. Will i need to buy a special amp JUST for my Bass? I don't want something to expensive or big, just something loud and useful enough for me to play in my bedroom when i want to practice.
[quote=Oshy;15285497]Alright, i'm getting a Bass Guitar for Christmas and i have some questions regarding playing, what i need, etc. Ill make it nice and simple in a list:
1. Unless you plan on playing slap bass, it won't affect playability THAT much.
2. Not really. I got a full size Squier as my first bass when I was 14 and I was a very very skinny and small boy back then. It was big enough for me though. Do you have short fingers? If so, then a smaller size bass might be better to reach all the frets and stuff.
3. No comment since I don't know the difference between the two either. I do know the only semi-hollows are kinda...expensive and not really a beginner's thing IMHO.
4. A bit harder, I think. I played violing until 12 so I was used to treble clef and when I saw bass clef, it confused me. Take the time to learn the bass clef because one day, it'll come SUPERR useful...somehow...someway...
5. Good cheap beginner brands I recommend are Squiers and Ibanez. The cheap Ibanez basses are really good and most of them have good pickups...probably better than some Fenders I daresay! As for Squiers, the Vintagr Modified and Classic Vibe series are a good bang for your buck. They're in the range of 200-400 but they are really really really good.
6. Fender Rumble 15 amp is a bedroom amp but it is also loud enough to jam with your band in a garage or something. i'm planning on getting either that or the Rumble 75 amp because I don't need a big-arse cabinet or head for my gear. I use a guitar amp for my bass when practicing too, but it won't give you the full bassiness that your bass can offer.
Overall, go to your local music stores and go to the bass section. IF one catches your eye, play it for a while, see if it feels right. Keep doing that. It takes time. And of course, there's Craigslist and Ebay, but I would recommend those last. Ask friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends about them too if they know anything at all, that is.
Happy hunting. IF you have any questions, let us know! No dumb questions...actually there might be..
Check out SX basses at Rondo as well.
Alright ^^ Totally going to consider one of the two, i personally cant decide over the
Douglas SPB 1100 White Semi Hollow Bass and the SX Ursa 3 RN CAR w/bag. The Douglas costs more than the Ursa, and it doesn't come with a case, but i just cant get over my passion for Semi Hollows.. They look and sound so amazing.. They both seem like they would be completely reliable, and they both have decent reviews from what i have read. I'll keep those two as a possible option. Thanks for the recommendation though.
Do get a bass amp, cheap is fine.
Squire & Ibanez as jazzonlyjazz suggested, as far as bass and treble clef- not that different, you'll easily adjust. And welcome to TB!
I would have a good look at the bass you are going to buy and check out two things first:-
(1) weight distribution :- some guitars have a lot of "neckdive" (too much weight in the neck) which is thoroughly annoying and uncomfortable no matter what the guitar sounds like.
(2) Scale length............some people like long scale....others find long scale difficult to play.
Check out both.........I play a 34" long but I like the shorter scale much better and it will be my next guitar.
I have really big hands and fingers but I still find the long scale is a pain in the arse (er......wrist).
Go get what you can afford, it'll play anything you ask of it right now. Later when it is not doing what you ask of it, well then it's time to up-grade.
Some stocking gifts that will come in handy. You may have some of these already:
An electronic tuner $15 - $35,
A bass stand $20.
A sheet music stand. $15 - $35.
A bass shoulder strap $15.
The book Bass Guitar for Dummies $25.
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