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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-06-18T03:13:15+00:00 2007-06-18T03:13:15+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]>
BTW, the Dobro went over well today. I honestly feel that a year on the bass has improved my playing on everything.

Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:13 am

2007-06-18T02:16:09+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]> pablo gordo

Statistics: Posted by fat paul — Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:16 am

2007-06-17T14:08:31+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]>
Sure, some guitarists overplay bass (and the better the guitarist is at leads, the more likely you'll hear him playing endless 16th notes on the bass).

Me, I've played mostly slide (Dobro, steel and electric guitar) for 30 years, when I was recruited into a working band as the bass player.

I fell in love, and it's hard now for me to pick up a 6-string...I'm playing Dobro for our church service later this morning, and I hope I can deal with it (our little church does a "string band" for summer services: a couple of guitars, sometimes a banjo or fiddle, a standup bass and me on Dobro, mostly to accompany the choir).

Even after 30+ years, a year on the bass has made me a better musician. No more faking it when I wasn't sure where the song was going, no more dropping out when I get lost.... :roll:

A guitar player with some chops (as David's daughter seems to be) will know RIGHT AWAY whether bass is for her. Give it a try.

Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:08 pm

2007-03-10T09:31:58+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]> I changed over 6 months ago and 3 months ago I was in the studio ... :shock:

I had covered a lot of guitar styles and needed a side ways move to bass to refresh my playing.

A harp player told me that he had heard a lot of gtr players playing bass as they would a six string ie too high on the neck, but I sounded like a bass player :D . So it is a different mind set and in same but different ...

Also I was used to filling out the sound on 6trings, that isn't wholly a bass players job...again a change of mind set ( yes I did try runs + vibrato lix on the bass ...but it don't sound pretty)

Kids now a days are fearless and she should make the change far easier than I did. Also I would suggest getting a proper rather than smaller "student" bass and a decent size rig ie 200 watts as otherwise she will get fed up soon.


Statistics: Posted by houndog — Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:31 am

2007-03-09T23:03:22+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:03 pm

2007-03-09T22:42:05+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]>
The transistion from guitar to bass was easy for me as I always had good groove sense. The pitfall is trying to play the bass like a 4 string guitar or lead bass.

My transistion from bass guitar to fretless and upright was a struggle but well worth it. Playing the bass has made me a much better guitar player.

Statistics: Posted by oleman — Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:42 pm

2007-03-07T16:35:34+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]>
My fourteen year old daughter, however, will be joining her older sister in the school pep band this coming year and has already been giving it some thought.

She's considering joining the pep band and doesn't know whether to try to convince the band director to have a marimba in the band, or try to replace the guitar player who is graduating.

Hannah has been taking guitar lessons since she was seven but plays acoustic flat picking style and hates "strumming chords." A guitar in a pep band is all strumming power chords to Smoke on the Water, Born to be Wild and such.

The current bass player is also graduating and I thought playing bass in the pep band might be more akin to the picking style she likes--telling her there are no chords would be a big advantage. I wasn't even going to suggest it to her if the transition was too much.

If you want to hear extreme bass check this out: ... te_020.htm

Statistics: Posted by david — Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:35 pm

2007-03-06T23:59:58+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]>
I've known many bass players who started on guitar.

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:59 pm

2007-03-06T23:39:43+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]> Statistics: Posted by bigdaddy — Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:39 pm

2007-03-06T20:12:56+00:00 <![CDATA[Is the transition difficult?]]> Statistics: Posted by david — Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:12 pm