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What does bass is easy mean?!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Suckbird, Dec 16, 2004.


  1. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    I never get it in to my head how an instrument could be easy.
    Like it's easier to play basss because there's no extreme guitar solos, that means a guitarist who says is easy could do the same solo on a 6string bass tuned like a guitar but easier? :eek:
    Or if they cant then it actually should be easier to play guitar?
    :bag:
    It might happen it's easy to play roots like blink182 but that doesn't mean the bass is easy right?
    Or else guitar should be easy because it's just as easy to play power chords to the roots. :mad:

    Sorry, i know this has been disgusted before, just had to get it out of my head. :D
     
  2. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Banned

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    I think every bass player has probably been told this before. I have been asked by idiots "why do you play, it's just boom boom bum boom, why don't you play guitar" or something along those lines.

    A lot of people don't really know what goes into playing bass.
     
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    What... you mean the whole of TB is disgusted at this concept!! ;)
     
  4. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    What does bass is easy mean?!

    It means the person who said it is an idiot.
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Bass is one of the easier instruments to pick up and play. Easier than guitar, harder than basic percussion. The fact that that bothers some bassists is nothing new.

    Playing single notes on a bass is easier than playing power chords for someone who's never touched either instruments. By the same token don't confuse level of difficulty with how well an instrument can be played.

    Again, basic bass is easy... why pretend otherwise? OTOH becoming accomplished on bass isn't.

    It's only an insult if you take it that way;)
     
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Moved to General Instruction, I think it fits there best.
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    No offense but... were you playing boom boom bum boom at the time?;)

    It's pretty easy to show people it's more than that IME.

    Including a lot of bass players.

    :bag:
     
  8. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    Yup, the easiest way is to do some easy slap lines.

    A funny thing is that my friends have a hard time getting a sound out of a bass but easily can do power chords on guitars, and they are total natural. When they play bass the only thing they get out of it is fret buzz.
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Slapping isn't the only way to get it across... but that's what a lot of bass players think:D

    I don't know anyone who picked up a guitar cold and played power chords.
     
  10. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I KNOW that slapping isn't the only way to get accross - mainly because I can't slap in the first place :p

    But I mean I tried teaching my friend who plays pretty much solely Acoustic Guitars...well, prolly a bad song to start with but it was Superpowers by Five Iron Frenzy (Ska Band) - Your fingers and fretting hand hafta move pretty quick (not that fast compared to some others but you get the point) - in which She barely got the hang of it.

    I think I got the point across to someone that bass isn't that easy...:p
     
  11. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I find bass easy. I mean, the transition from mind and sould to the fretboard and bass is smooth. It's like talking, you know? You're jjust talking with your bass, and you have to get comfortable with it and vice versa.
     
  12. jeff schmidt

    jeff schmidt no longer red carded, but my butt is still sore.

    Aug 27, 2004
    Novato, CA
    My mother-in-law said - when told that I play the bass - "oh. . .that's the one that only sounds good with other instruments...right?"

    the **** you put up with for love.

    ;)
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    And if she weren't playing that particular song?

    :meh:


    Bass is easy.

    :D
     
  14. Dynna

    Dynna

    Oct 23, 2004
    I always tell people that 'bass is an easy instrument to play...but one of the HARDEST to play WeLL."

    Seriously, anyone can sit down, hold a fret with one finger on the left hand, and pluck a string(hopefully the same one) with one finger on the right.

    HOWEVER... arpeggios, scales, walking, passing tones, understanding harmony & chord motion, and the ultimate four letter word..T I M E , are what take people years and lifetimes to learn to play WELL.

    We could get away with saying "bass is an easy instrument to play" if less people acted on it as if we were serious.
     
  15. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    Anyone can play a tone on a guitar too, right?
    It's not that hard to play a guitar bad either, :hyper:
     
  16. Mudfuzz

    Mudfuzz

    Apr 3, 2004
    WA...
    Actually one of the reasons I didn't get in to slapping early on was that every guitarist that would pick up my bass would "try" to play slap bass, and they all though that the harder you slap the better it has to be.......
     
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Bass is only easy based on the established paradigm of playing roots and fifths. Essentially that's all that's 'needed' and anything else is just elaboration that is cool, but ultimately unneeded, in the strictest interpretation . Whether or not you agree, is inconsequential to the fact that this is how the bass is viewed by most people. Keep time, keep it simple, keep it solid...etc. which, all bass players should be very mindful of, of course. But obviously there is a lot more to the instrument than it's specified role.

    So, of course there is a lifetime's challenge in 'mastering' the bass(as if such a thing as mastery truly existed), of course the bass is no easier than any other instrument, but, given the very specific and very essential role the bass provides(this role that extends beyond upright and electric bass, and extends from everything to foot pedals and left hand keyboard bass) Bass is 'easy' in many senses of the word. But the kicker is, that it's not.
     
  18. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    True, it's funny when people who haven't played bass at all picks it up and try to slap it, and after that their finger hurts =)
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Not true. Pick up a guitar and play a basic chord with no prior musical experience.

    :meh:

    Heck, playing a simple bassline on a guitar is easy. That's not the principle focus of the instrument though, is it?

    :meh:

    Look... playing bass is really, really, really hard. Does everyone feel better now?

    :D
     
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Self esteem issues?

    :bag: