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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Brookb, Jul 10, 2005.
I'm just getting started with bass,does it matter what I start with 4 or 5 string?
Hi, and welcome to Talkbass.
IMO it doesn't really matter, if you want to go five, then by all means, start out with a fiver.
Here are a couple of threads about the same subject for you to check out :
A lot of people disagree on this, bu tI think most people still start on 4 strings because it's simpler, bu tthen you have to get used to the extra string if you switch to 5 later.
If you have not decided on the type of bass, you can search the forums for opinions, but I can save you some time. ASccepted wisdom here is to buy an Essex from Rondomusic.net to get you going, and start saving for a Sadowsky.
Thank you for the links, it has helped greatly
In my opinion if you think you want to play a "fiver" start with one. There is nothing you can play on a 4 string that you can't play on a 5. If you start with a 4 string then switch to 5 at a later date you'll have to deal with the spacing, and that big clunky B string. It's almost like starting all over again
and here again the 64.000 cents question....ok dude..start with a 6 stringer maybe you going to be the next John Myung...seriously,start with anithyng you like,4 or 5 is the same technique of play,if you answer guitar or bass i understand but if you talk about a bass,the number of strings is irrelevant,believe me,i start 8 years ago with 5 and i can play 4,5 or 6,i like now more the 4 stringers but i love the 5,s
Start on the one that you want to play.
well, what kind of music do you want to play or what kind of music are you going to play? I started with a five string because I was going to be playing a lot of gospel music at my church. I play four for my own band though. It depends on the kind of music.
Gotta crawl before you can walk, start with the 4 and work your way up.
True for humans but not for a musician's choice of instrument. Guitarists start with six strings, and bassists can too if that's what they want to play.
Here comes the can....yes! its a can of WORMS!
I have gone back to a four due to the confusion the five brought to my life....I should have really taken lessons during the swithover to a fiver. That being said start with whatever you want to start with. I should have started with a six but hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
I would probably recommend something like this -
Exactly: your confusion was not from five-string itself, it was from trying to play five-string after becoming accustomed to four. I agree, you would've been better off starting on five or six or whatever. But of course the challenge to a beginner is knowing how many strings to start on. Way back when I started, four was the only realistic option.
I don't get how switching to a five could be confusing. It's still tuned in 4ths.
Yes, but the strings are not in the same place anymore(muscle memory), and that goes for either hand.
If you want to play 5, get a 5.
As for me, I started on a 4, then went to a 5, now back to a 4. Will I go back to a 5? Only time will tell.
I can understand having to make some physical adjustments, but I wouldn't call that confusion. I agree though, get a 5 if that's what you want. Probably easier to go from 5 to 4 than vice versa.