Question by Ariel: What’s the difference between learning electric and bass guitar?
I’m learning to play an electric guitar right now (6 strings), but I would like to know if once I lean completely to play the electric, will it be easy to play the bass guitar?
Is the music completely different? As in reading music, and the notes, fingering, etc?
Please don’t tell me the difference of “importance”, or the sound effect because I know bass is lower…
I’d prefer someone who plays one or both to answer, but whatever is fine. Thank you
Answer by Wowomg
First of all, there’s no real way to learn how to play the guitar completely. Even people who would be considered some of the best musicians in the world still have room for improvement.
Once you have been playing for a year or two and have the basics down, the switch wouldn’t be that difficult. I originally started with guitar, but I decided to pick up bass as well after a few years. You have to shift your technique quite a bit but once you get used to playing differently they both feel natural to you and you can pretty much play the same things on either; although you can’t play many guitar solos on a bass for a multitude of reasons.
The notes on the neck are the same (except for the obvious addition of two strings on guitar) but bass reads music in bass clef and guitar reads music in treble clef.
The only real difference in learning them is that when you learn to play bass you focus mainly on the rhythm parts and when you learn guitar you focus mainly on lead parts. Learning both of them is pretty useful so if you are willing to spend money on both then you should. If you do decide to play both you have to buy everything separate since running a bass through a guitar amp will break the speakers.
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