Many people who aren’t familiar with guitars assume a bass guitar is a brand like a Gibson or a Fender. While guitarists find this amusing, the bass guitar really doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
The bass guitar is a beautiful sounding instrument that can make even the most stiff legged, tone deaf person want to get out of a chair and “shake their booty”. It is a simple, yet powerful instrument that many well respect guitarists such as McCartney and Sting have played. It was also a driving force in the early days of rock and roll and has helped to shape the sounds of modern day rock.
An early bass had four strings, and eventually evolved into six, eight and twelve string versions by the 70s. Each of these versions helped to produce their own unique sounds and helped to evolve the sounds of rock over the last few decades.
Playing bass is generally easier than learning on an electric or acoustic guitar, but make no mistake; it takes a lot of skill to play this instrument.
To get started playing, you will need to buy a decent bass guitar, which can run anywhere from a couple hundred, to thousands of dollars. Obviously when you are first starting out, it makes sense to buy a cheaper one, and as your skills improve, then a more high quality bass guitar. You can get an all inclusive package that includes the guitar, amp, tuner, straps, and picks for under $ 200. As I said above, this kind of kit should do just fine for any beginner.
To learn how to play, simply do a search online and you will easily finds dozens of free lessons you can take to start with the basics. As you advance further along with your playing skills, you can then take some specialized bass lessons with an experienced instructor.
Bass guitars are incredible instruments and I highly suggest if you are considering playing the guitar that you start with one. Since it is easier to learn than other instruments, the likelihood you stick with it is significantly higher. This is easily the most important aspect of learning any new instrument!