Is it worth it to buy and play bass if you are not in a band?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ducatijason, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. ducatijason

    ducatijason Guest

    Jun 26, 2003
    Is it worth it to buy and play bass if you are not in a band? Or should I just get a guitar?
  2. Get a bass, it is much more humbling then a guitar.
  3. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    it's 100% worth it!!
    even if you aren't in a band, could end up in one if you get good (or you could still end up in one ) buy whichever you think you will enjoy the most not which one you think is cooler or better by itself.
  4. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Ok, lemme get this straight:

    You come to, and ask us if we think bass is worth it?

    What kinda answer were you expecing from us, man?

    *(Only if you can play bass too)
  6. geezer316

    geezer316 Guest

    Jan 26, 2003
    you need to decide what you want to play,its your choice.if you want to be a famous musician getting all the chicks,if you want to be the most popular person on your block,if you want to play a instrument that everyone thinks is cool ?DONT PLAY THE BASS..!but if you feel that the bass will allow you to express yourself musically the best way possible,if you want to split a guitar players skull open with the thunder of the "LOW END" ? WELL WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR SON ? GET YOURSELF A P-BASS.i started out at the age of 9 playing drums,after accomplishing all that i wanted to,i changed over to bass and have'nt looked back.the last ten years or so of playing drums i wanted to play bass,but i was so far into it i could'nt let go of the when i moved into a house where drums would'nt fit into my living arrangments,i switched over to the other part of the rythem section, THE BASS !:bassist: .who knows i mite get tired and go back to drums,but for now i'll keep on doing what i feel is right for me,AND ME ONLY ...! GOOD LUCK "to thine own self be true"
  7. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Yes please.

    brad cook

  8. Killdar

    Killdar Guest

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I don't think an instrument determines popularity. Sure, guitarists get all the fame sometimes, but that is just because they are right there, getting all of the attention. Many people aren't musicians, and they notice whatever is standing out the most; usually the guitarist. If the bassist goes and starts getting attention, many people will not know the difference, and that bassist will get as much fame as a guitarist might. There are plenty of bassists who stand out in a band enough to be noticed as much as a guitarist.

    choose the instrument for YOU, then do whatever you want to do with it.
  9. seansbrew

    seansbrew Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2000
    Mesa AZ.
    You need to think about what it is that is most appealing to you in music. Is it the way it moves,is it melodies,is it solos? All of which are possible on bass (for the few gifted) and guitar as well. For me it was allways the beat,the pulse, the movement,the low end if you will, the sound of those low frequencies that helped me realize I was a bassman before I even started playing bass.
  10. stuie86

    stuie86 Guest

    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    enough said:bassist:
  11. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Choose whatever feells the best.

    Always remember, there is no Talk Guitar!

    *slap, slap* bass rules all!

    jk, choose the one that is FUNNEST for you...
  12. Ruud Das

    Ruud Das Guest

    So here's how I see it. A guitar will get you started playing songs soon enough and that can be very fulfilling. I mean, you would actually be able to play songs 'by yourself'. Howevery easy, that usually feels great. Also, as you advance you are able to accompagnie others with your guitar, you know, sitting on the beach playing guitar and all.

    BUT!!!!! As numerous others have pointed out you should play what you want to play. I play bass because I think it's the most kick ass intrument out there and I have a great time playing it. Of course, I'm in the fortunate position to be able to play in a band, but just because you're not right now, it'll always be a possibilty (at least here bassists are always in high demand!). And there's nothing as fulfilling for me as setting down a great groove and locking with our drummer!

    So in the end, think about what you want with your music. If you think you'll never be in a band, then I'll be straight. Bass is difficult as a solo instrument (though not impossible of course). And you probably won't get the chicks on the beach playing the bassline of some songs :D But if you want to play the coolest instrument on the face of this earth, PLAY BASS!

    Just my opinion
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Buy a drum kit! Drummers are always in short supply and it'll annoy your parents even more!! :D

    Plus - if you have to ask questions like that, then you sound like a drummer already!! ;)
  14. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
  15. Ruud Das

    Ruud Das Guest

    By the way, I like the fact that you ask if maybe you should 'just' get a guitar. I guess you've got your answer right there :D
  16. stuie86

    stuie86 Guest

    May 9, 2003
    mckinney, tx
    lmao!!! oh come on, they may not be that smart, but.... we all need on

    guess you should have looked first obsolex

    i kid, i kid
  17. It's Worth it.. I have 2 basses and no longer play in a band.. (my kids come first) Practice playing bass and who knows you could end up in a band! Good luck!
  18. forcedrings


    Dec 7, 2001
    If you want to play bass in a band, you probably should buy one and practice it. One of the main reasons I get invited to play bass with different groups is because I own my own bass and amp, and I know how to use them. That's why I don't get any jobs to play lead guitar--I don't own one, and I don't know how to play it.
  19. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Yes. You should also buy a piano and a drumset and some beer.
  20. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    So that people that visit will think you are in a band :D