I'm 25 years old and I started playing guitar last december and switched to bass six months ago. I love playing bass and holding down the low end, and I'd really like to become good enough to play out with groups. I know that I'm starting a little late to look towards music as a career, but I don't think it has to be to have fun and earn a little bit on the side. I might also like to teach; I went to school for education so I have some The thing is, every once in a while I get the urge to play some high register melodic or chordal parts, and even with a six string bass I still feel like I should be spending my time down low. I strung my backup bass with piccolo strings just for fun, but the scale length makes chording difficult. A few days ago a guitar teacher friend of mine told me that if I'm looking to gig, bass playing is where its at, but if I want to teach I should also have some solid guitar skills. I'm thinking about picking up guitar again on the side, but I don't want to "fall behind" on the bass. As someone starting off a little later in life, do you think that I should spend some more time really focusing on the bass, or would it be okay (or even beneficial) to work on some guitar at the same time? I know that there's no real end goal for bass or guitar playing, but I fear that spending time on one to the detriment of the other will make it harder to reach my goal of competency playing in groups.