Help - I'm thinking about buying a Bass, but I have some questions first?!?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheBassNoob3, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. TheBassNoob3


    Jul 21, 2009
    Playing an instrument is not really new for me, I've played the piano for some years now.
    Well I'm thinking about buying a bass, I'm pretty much into the funk-stuff and jazz, I've been looking at the Fender Squier J-Bass Pack, for beginners. I've read some reviews and it looks all right, when thinking of the price too. So that's the one I have in mind right now. Is it a good idea with that one?

    Well, I've tried to play acoustic guitar, I have one, but it seems that my left hand is just too slow when switching between frets and strings. I dunno if its me that's the problem or if it is just hard practice which needs to be done?!! So because of this, I'm a bit concerned that if I buy a bass i might have the same problem. Also my wrist starts to hurt after 20-30 min. on the guitar. Is this just because i need to strengthen it? Well, and the last question, is it easier to play bass than guitar? BTW I don't think i'll start learning theory on the bass, just tabs and nice licks and so on, just for having fun and to impress myself - LOL!

    What's your suggestion(s)??
    Thanks a lot!! =)
  2. The bass packs make ok sense if you have literally nothing for bass gear already, but you will very quickly tire of the instrument itself, and if you stick with it you are going to need good amplification. Any good, reputable inexpensive brand should be able to provide you with a good starter instrument (ill let everyone else give you some brand names, at least one person is going to say MM or Modulus or some such nonsense. Ignore them).

    The left hand technique will come with time and muscle memory. But if you are interested in playing the best thing you can do is not worry so much about sound and neck dimensions and string spacing and go out and get whatever you can and start learning about what you like in a bass while simultanesouly learning to play them. I will not dignify the guitar easier question with a real answer :). It's a differenet instrument. Is a bassoon easier than a Timpani?

    I like Jazz basses.
  3. Vakmere


    Sep 6, 2007
    ^^^ what he said....yep.