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How tall do you have to be to play bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lozenger, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. Lozenger


    Feb 26, 2003
    i am 13 and i am relatively short for my age, i have not yet got a bass but will be getting one soon (hopefully). i am worried that it will be too big for me to manage, what do you guys think?
  2. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    My son was 5'8" at 13, so age doesn't matter much, and neither does your height really. If you are very short/small, you can find short scale (30" or 32") basses that may be easier for you to handle, but in any case, don't let your height get in the way. Plenty of shorter guys (and ladies) play bass.
  3. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    Don't worry.....you'll be fine, just play !! :)


  4. Lozenger


    Feb 26, 2003
    thanks guys, are there anymore young/short bass players that either strugle or get on fine? And just out of interest how easy is it to get into a band being female because all the decent bands seem to be made up of blokes.

    thanks xxx
  5. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    well my son is 4'4", and I am 6'8", and we both play just fine. He plays a short scale, so I bet at the very least you could handle one of those too. It would be be best if you got used to a regular bass. Try a light one like a kingston. The 4 string are 34" scale, but the 5 strings are 35".

  6. You'll be fine, I was 5'2 when I started last year and it can be a bit annoying with big frets but you'll get used to it. The modst important thing is that you grow to love the bass and you keep at it.
  7. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Award for the strangest quetsion ever asked on Talkbass goes to...Lozenger. Congradulations!
  8. Wait shouldn't this be somewhere else like misc or even technique?
  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You will eventually grow to 6'4" and weigh about 225 lbs. It's like when your mom buys clothing that's 4 sizes too big and then says "you'll grow into it". It's part of the evolutionary process. You also be strikingly handsome (if not already).

  10. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    You must be at least this tall to ride this ride.
  11. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Currently the opportunity for a girl to play is equal to a boy's. All girl bands are very popular today, but that doesn't mean you can't mix with the guys.

    Practice until your semi-confident. Then get out and find others to play music with.
  12. RichBriere

    RichBriere Guest

    Jan 1, 2003
    Upstate NY
    If your feet touch the floor when you stand, you're tall enough. :bassist:

  13. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Hehehe..you reminded me... few years back I went to see an old friend who happens to be 6'8". When I went to see him, he introduced me to his fiance, who happened to be sitting at a table. After some chatting, we decided to go out for a drink, and she climbed DOWN from that chair...she was taller sitting on it than standing...

    It sure was weird seeing them walk together, there was like almost a 3 foot diff. in height between them.
  14. i was 5'8" at 13:eek:
  15. MattFreemanRock


    Nov 30, 2002
    See the thing is, when you get a bass you get taller! I was 5'3 when i bought my first bass and a year later i was 5'10.
  16. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    its true...hahaha
  17. Lozenger


    Feb 26, 2003
    lol thanks, i am really looking forward to getting my bass. Now all thats lest to do is persuade mum... :confused: :meh:
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    5'2" minimum. Period.
  19. rojo412

    rojo412 Walnut is fun! Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    I would assume that you must be tall enough that the bass you own doesn't scrape the ground when you play (unless you are one of those "upright" guys... weirdos :D ).

    So min. height would depend on the bass. If you had a Steinberger, min height would be about 10" tall.
  20. I would think that if you started with a 34" scale bass at age 13 and got good at it, it would feel like a toy to you in 5 years time. So either you'll be a bass god or you'll need to buy a 7-string. Or more likely, both.