Best Acoustic Guitar: Is Bass Guitar More Difficult Than Acoustic?

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I play acoustic and would like to try bass , is bass difficult ? Thanks :)


  1. Jacob says:

    Nah its easy if your Alright at guitar It’s kinda the same just with wider frets and longer neck. That will be the only hard part getting use to the fretboard.

  2. Jonathan says:

    No, but it’s different. Both have a neck and body, strings and frets – but the resemblance stops there, they are different instruments with different playing techniques and roles in the music, same as a trumpet is different from a tuba or a cello is different from a violin.

    Physically, the bass guitar is just plain bigger to wrestle with. A standard bass scale length (vibrating string from nut to bridge) is 34″ where a standard guitar is about 25″. Bass strings are big ole telephone cables compared to the little wires a guitar is strung with (heavier to fret, but then they cut into your fingertips less). It weighs heavier on your shoulder over the course of a 3-hour gig if you’re playing out. That doesn’t make it impossible for guitarists to play, but you’ll need to get used to it.

    Musically, you can’t strum chords on a bass the way you would on guitar – you’ll get a big thundering muddy mess (although you can youtube guys like Michael Manring, or Les Claypool in Primus, for some great chordal bass playing). Instead, you usually trace a bass line through a chord, one note at a time. That can mean just pumping out eighth-notes on the root of the chord, but most of us like to do something a little more creative than that. So (unless you’re just reproducing someone else’s line) good bass playing requires a little more awareness of music theory. You can’t just finger Em and strum, you need to think through how an Em is built and how to find a line through it that works with the style of the song.

    Also, the bass is responsible for laying down a groove in most music styles that use it, and that means locking in with a drummer and being very mindful of rhythm. I’ve played with guys who were used to playing acoustic guitar solo, and they would throw in odd chords that came to mind as they went along or speed up and slow down as it suited them. A bassist has got to LISTEN TO OTHERS and lock in with them, or you’ll have a train wreck. Again, virtuosos like Manring or Victor Wooten can make the bass an interesting solo instrument, but 99% of the time it’s an instrument to play in a group setting.

    Bass gets a reputation for being “easy” because in a lot of rock and pop music all it does is sit on root notes in the background while guitarists have all the flash and sizzle. That kind of thing is easy to do. But playing bass well takes just as much musical dedication and practice as any other instrument.

  3. OnTheRock says:

    If you already know how to play a 6 string guitar (acoustic or electric) it’s pretty easy to pick up bass from there (at least at a functional level). The strings on a standard 4 string bass guitar are tuned the same as the lower 4 strings on your guitar (E A D G – but in a lower octave), so if you really know how to play guitar (learned the notes not just tabs and chord charts), then you will already know the notes on the bass. From there, you can just look at the root of each chord in the song and play that root note on the bass and pluck quarter notes or eighth notes, or whatever fits the song. If you know your scales as well (which you should if you really play guitar), then you can fill in and improvise and fill things out from there.

    My daughter plays cello and I taught her how to play bass in a couple days to the point where she was able to play in church with our praise band that Sunday. She did fine because she has a good rhythm and knows enough musically to know what sounds good. She didn’t do anything very difficult or complex, but was good enough to get by.

  4. Captain Jack ® says:

    If you know your notes on the guitar, bass will be easy, as they are the same as the four low strings on the guitar. EADG.