Which bass to begin lessons with 4 or 5 string?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by ChefKen, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    I am starting up bass lessons this thursday. I am not sure which bass to bring. I am going to look for a gig bag to transport both but in the meantime.....?

    I am much more comfortable on the 4 string. The 5 is new to me. My 4 string is the superior instrument although my MTD Kingston z5 is pretty sweet. The lessons are general but directed at FUNK. Which is better to learn on? pair2 001.JPG
  2. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    You should revise your comment and
    "I am starting up bass lessons with the DOUG WIMBISH this Thursday."

    I would go with the more comfortable - the 4-string bass.
    Follow the path of least resistance/least "insecure".

    P.S. I liked the picture of your basses with your beautiful cat.
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  3. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
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    Thanks.....Not trying to brag....My other babies
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  4. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    Here are my "babies"/listeners.
    (I'll remove it shortly - no need to pollute your thread.)

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  5. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    any other bass opinions??
  6. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    music doesn't care what instrument you use.
    bring the bass you intend to gig with.
  7. IMO - chord tone bass lines - 4 string.
    Melodic and playing from standard notation - for the low ledger notes - the 5 string.

    Your choice, if it was me I already know the 4 string and if I was taking lessons I'd do it on the 5 string, so the instructor could get me started correctly.

    BTW nice set of basses.
  8. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    I dont "know" either! I am more comfortable on the 4 string....I have had the five for two weeks....I am leaning towards the 4 for the first lesson at least...Instructor seems to play mostly 4 string although he uses 5 er and fretless as well
  9. If this is your first time with an instructor I would think you should go with the 4 string. Why? Most of the instruction books, videos, visual aids, etc. will be using a 4 string.

    Understand I do not own a 5 string. Gave it some thought and could see that playing from standard notation the low B string comes in handy, however, I am never handed standard notation sheet music from any band director I play for. It's all fake chord and what I use for a bass line is left up to me.

    Brings up a good question. Why did you buy the five string? And takes us back to my original post. If you would like to learn how to play the 5 string, now is a good time to start.

    Ask you new instructor this same question.
  10. ChefKen

    ChefKen Guest

    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    I bought the 5er to experiment with....first time around when i played in the 80s no one had 5 strings...I also tried a fretless on for size but decided I am not ready for it and traded it for the 5er. I could sell the 5 for a profit so no risk involved. I hope eventually bring both to lessons! I will let Mr. Wimbish decide I think....
  11. I'd go the 5. I bought a 5er and flipped it to stick with 4s. Now I love my 5 and wish I had stuck to it and had lessons with it years ago.

    I feel that it's a lot easier to develop on a 5 and go to a 4, than it is to develop on a 4 and go to a 5.
  12. Rhubarb.

    I'd start out with whatever feels comfortable to you at the moment. Always time to apply lessons learned to the other bass.

    Gray cats are cool.
  13. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I would go with the four for two reasons. First, because it seems that the four is more familiar territory for you and that means you'll be able to focus more on the lesson than on your bass. Secondly, if your teacher is more likely to be using a four then it might be easier for both him and you when watching/analyzing what the other is doing if you are also using a four.