How about we begin off with this: does it look easy?
Bass can be as simple as you like, or as challenging as you can imagine. It’s an awesome instrument that I’ve been playing for many years now.
Bass is most likely less demanding in the beginning, since, as a novice, you’ll presumably just be required to play genuinely straightforward patterns of rehashing single notes – no harmonies and presumably little that will require critical finesse.
You can play like this with little in the means of technique – you can bash at the strings with a pick and fret the notes as ham-handedly as you like. It’s feasible for a fledgling to get to this sort of level before long – presumably more rapidly than a guitarist, who needs to include themselves in learning chords and more exact technique.
Notwithstanding, as you endeavor to enhance, you’ll see that playing bass *well* is a ton harder than it looks. Right off the bat, there’s the self-evident – the bass is a more physically requesting instrument than guitar.
The neck is longer, the strings are thicker and the force you require in your fretting hand to fret those strings is more prominent. In addition, basses have a tendency to be heavier than guitars and somewhat harder on your back. Put essentially, playing bass requires more physical stamina.
Also, there’s the entire idea of the groove. Having the capacity to associate with a drummer and control the beat together is one of the hardest things a bass player has to do, and doing it well takes a considerable measure of work.
Bunches of individuals say they can groove when all they can do is play in time. It’s a considerably greater idea than that – having the capacity to put the notes on, in front of or behind the beat, knowing when to play a note or when not to, and having that instinctive grasp of how to play in a way that will influence individuals to dance is an uncommon skill.
Thirdly, it’d be pretentious also that numerous guitarists take cover behind a mass of bending, which covers various mistakes. As bassists, we tend to play utilizing a for the most part clean sound, so any missteps or technical shortcomings we make are considerably more uncovered.
Fourth, notwithstanding the bass’ essential job is to hold down the bottom end, the bass guitar has a to a great degree wide recurrence range, going from the subsonic through to a lustrous high-end sheen (particularly with present-day basses with active hardware).
Figuring out how to exploit the bass’ wide recurrence go in an expressive way is a major challenge. Notwithstanding playing down low, there’s a wide assortment of procedures for exploiting the bass’ particular upper-end tone.
Presumably the best-known, however, the most overused system of this compose is slapping. When done well, it sounds funky and delightful, and when done gravely, it sounds like somebody is kicking a toolkit down the stairs.
It takes a considerable measure of work to ace these techniques. A speedy look for “slap bass solo” on Youtube will raise some incredible examples of the method utilized well, however, ten times the number of examples of individuals who simply think hitting the bass with their thumb sounds cool and some way or another makes them “funky”.
And finally, fifth, to be honest, bass players are bolder in their selection of instruments than guitarists. Most guitarists are content with their standard Strat or Les Paul. As, in fact, numerous bassists are content with their Fender Jazz or Precision.
Yet, for some players out there, the domain of four strings is excessively restricting – five and six string basses are getting to be standard, and basses with significantly more strings are expanding in fame – there’s a lot of great players out there with basses with 9, 10 or considerably more strings.
Subduing an instrument like this is unheard of level of challenge. In addition, us bassists appear to be undeniably open to new advancements with hardware and materials – basses highlighting composite or carbon fiber/graphite construction are generally played and adulated for their even tone and protection from natural conditions, for example, changes in mugginess, and active electronics have been enhancing the tone of the bass guitar since the 70s.
Besides, there’s that entire other domain that numerous bassists love to investigate – the fretless bass. Jaco Pastorius demonstrated to every one of us what can be done when he tore the fusses out of his ’61 Jazz Bass – lovely, expressive songs, with a tone somewhere close to a bass, a trombone and a euphonium.
One thing to remember is, whatever instrument it is you play, music will be music. A delightful tune or astounding breakdown can be played on any instrument and the greatest test any musician must face is the test of understanding music, and having the capacity to convey what needs be through that.
The best musicians, on any instrument, comprehend this.
The Role of the Bass
Despite the fact that both bass and guitar are hypothetically comparable, sonically there are real contrasts. Likewise, their roles in present-day music are generally altogether different.
One thing numerous youthful musicians ponder is the reason a rock band ever needs a bassist. I know I generally did — until the point when I ended up one! They’re simply out of sight, and numerous groups are so drum and guitar-centered on their albums that you can’t hear the bass.
This is particularly evident now that such a significant number of guitarists are detuning down to the frequencies once involved just by the bassist.
In truth, while normal bass players might be content with assuming a lower priority, a great bassist realizes that his or her job is to carry the band. They give the spine that holds up other instruments.
In genres like jazz and blues, this implies sinking into a furrow and working with the drummer. In metal and hard rock, it implies providing the meat of the guitar riff, that piece of the sound that puts the audience through the back wall.
Great bassists are for sure extremely valuable, so if the bass is the way you settle on then wear your decision with pride!