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What other instruments would be good to learn aside from playing bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by StrudelBass, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. StrudelBass


    Jul 6, 2002
    I'm currently playing bass in my band. I've learned some guitar and am thinking of spreading my instrument horizon. What would be some instruments to learn that could help the band? Maybe some piano would be good?
  2. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Learn to play Piano. It will help you in any kind of music you choose to play.
    I wish I started playing piano earlier.

  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    IMO - Guitar is cool and learning it can be an asset to a bassist. But there's just far too many guitarists.

    I have big time respect for keyboard/synth players. For one thing - a keyboardist is like a good bassist....they always have enough work.

    Moreover, keyboards gave me a deeper understanding of more than one aspect of music, (not that you could really tell :D) such as;

    - composition
    - harmony
    - melody
    - rhythm

    I took piano as a kid and it opened doors for me. Keyboards can be, essentially, a one-person orchestra. They typically don't allow you to be a specialist in any one area.
  4. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    I think guitar is great to learn because its much easier to write on a song than a guitar.I play guitar a little bit,i just know power chords but its enough.
  5. To help the band, keyboard. Learning guitar does little or no good, because even if you can learn a song on the guitar better than the other guys, then chances are you'll need someone else to play bass, and I know I'm smart enough not to let my guitarists get NEAR my bass. :)

    Something fun if you'd like to add a bit of ska to the band, but is quite a bit more long-term, would be to learn trumpet or trombone.
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    If I had the time and money, I would be taking piano lessons.
  7. Learn piano.
    Find a teacher that teaches the Suzuki method. You start by developing your ear and your motor skills. You learn to play the instrument not just the notes on the page.
    My daughter started about a year before I did and when she looks at a score of music she identifies chords in terms of "That's a one-three-five chord" or "That's an inverted five-seven" as opposed to "Uh, that's a G".
    I've been taking lessons for about six months and my Bass playing has improved dramatically.

    Good luck.

  8. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Community College, Jeff. The answer to all your problems.

    That's where I took piano.

    I'd go with keyboards too, although I already play guitar. I think guitar is great if you want to write songs on your own. I'd learn more than power chords, though.

    I think drums is a great intrument a bassist can learn. I'd love to learn it or the tabla.
  9. Piano. Not sticking with it after the age of 9 or so is one of my biggest regrets.

    I plan to take it up after I get settled down a bit after college. I can sorta fake playing right now...it's fun.
  10. Drums !

    i bought a Roland V-drum ( electric drumkit ) last week and it kicks arse !

    why learn drums ? coz it helps to improve your feel of rythem, and it's just plain fun :)
  11. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    Play every instrument you can get your hands on! I started on piano, which was a beautiful thing because it is a great introduction to music theory/composition. But any wind instrument will improve your concept of melody and any percussion instrument will improve your concept of rhythm...Go for it!
  12. Guitar. I really don't think that you're going to go out and get piano lessons or anything, so may as well stick with familiar ground. Learning guitar is very helpful to a bassist because it always seems like pulling teeth asking what chord a guitarist is playing. If you learn guitar, you'll recognize the chord and not have to deal with him.
  13. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    My friend let me borrow his keyboard for the summer so I've been messing around on it. I was surprised at how much it improved my bass playing, both technically and harmonically.
  14. Listen


    May 19, 2002
  15. whiteshadow


    Jul 3, 2001
    I'd say trombone. I played that before anything else and it really taught me to read music, especially notes above the staff and whatnot. Great sound... A good bone's hard to beat...
  16. sweetpea

    sweetpea Guest

    Jun 6, 2002
    S'port, LoUiSiAna
    **Histerical Laughter**:) You're joking right?


    And I agree with the "Suzuki" method although I've never heard it called that before. My teacher called it the Nashville method. (lol) Although reading notes is cool. It's easier to learn as chords and intervals.
  17. I'd say the Piano or the Violin. I think those and the Bass are the most well developed, majestic, and beautiful instruments in existence. The piano is the most refined instrument in existence.

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