You wanna take up bass guitar?
February 17, 2010 by Rich Nelson
Now to clarify things and for the purpose of this multi-part discussion, we’ll be talkin’ bass guitar (though I’ve always wanted to give the upright a try and I LOVE, I mean REALLY LOVE Nikki Perrot. Check her out, so will you if you have a pulse!).
Ok, we’ll assume that you’ve decided on the bass for your own reasons; super stardom, chicks, guys, you wanna play like Leland Sklar (who doesn’t!), or you wanna be in your older brothers band and the bass is all that’s left ‘cause his dopey friends think the guitar is cooler. Your brother tells you that you can be in the band but you gotta get your own bass (oh yeah, and you gotta learn to play it!).
Here’s a little tip that I hope doesn’t burst your bubble. Learning to play is gonna take the rest of your life. Sorry, but that’s the truth. Now you may get really good and you may get to be a superstar and you may get chicks or guys and endorsements and your picture on Bass Player magazine, but you’ll NEVER stop learning. NEVER.
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, what kind of bass are you gonna get? New? Used? Expensive? Cheap? American made, or made “offshore”? What I’m thinkin’ here is, even if you or your money source didn’t get their asses kicked in this recession, we’re gonna look for some beginner basses in the neighborhood of $500.00 bucks street price. Surprisingly, there are more out there than you can imagine.
Over the next number of installments, we’ll discuss the basses themselves, pro’s and con’s, what one can do to an inexpensive bass to get the most out of it, the best selling models and more. We’ll also eventually evolve into talk about stings, beginner amps (‘cause a Rockman and headphones ain’t gonna cut it). We’ll talk to sales people at the chain and local independent music stores and we hope to hear from you too. We hope you’ll share your experience with your first bass; why you still love it, or why you didn’t like it once you got it home and played for awhile. We’ll cover Peavey, Squire, Ibenez, Washburn and others including a Carvin kit bass.
Once again, your input is important. Hey, your experience, good or bad, may help keep somebody from making the same mistake you did. Not that it’ll help you any, but we’re all about the community here and maybe helping will make you feel a little better after all.
So… patience Little Grasshopper, soon we’ll bring out the first of our beginner basses and show very little mercy.
Peace and Love…