Top 5 myths about learning bass

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I’ve been playing bass now for around 20 years, which has been long enough for me to hear about every bizarre myth there is when it comes to learning the bass…

I thought it’d be fun to film a quick video for you focusing on some of the most common ones… in fact, my top 5!

The unfortunate thing is that these common myths can actually do damage to your progression as a bassist as they can make you doubt yourself, or simply throw you off the right track. Hopefully this video will help you focus on what’s actually important – hard work, practice, keeping inspired, and enjoying every minute of it.

As always, see you in the shed…

Scott 🙂

PS. And for giggles… here are my top 5 myths that are NOT related to bass playing… (for the bass version watch the video!)

• Humans use only 10% of their brains
• Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb
• There is no gravity in space
• If you shave your hair, it returns thicker and faster (are you kidding me, lol!)
• The great wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space

Anyway… enough of those shenanigans… check out the video for the top 5 myths about learning bass!


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  1. Thanks for making this video!

  2. Lemmy played with a pick also. :)

  3. Bassists only play one string at a time! Lol

  4. How do you get that popping sound without slapping?

  5. Bassists only play one string at a time! Lol

  6. A better, more desirable (often more expensive) instrument will inspire you to pick it up and play more, which WILL absolutely influence your playing ;)

  7. Jimmy Hendrix didn't read faic (Irish).

  8. 30 John Frusciante wannabes didn't like this video… 😀 Thank you, Scott! (:

  9. lemmy kilmister! you can't make a list of pick players without him

  10. I own 2 music schools and you are right on the money my friend! I hear these same ridiculous ideas daily, especially the one about starting with a cheap crappy instrument. I also get eye rolls when I play bass with a pick. Great video. Nice chops too.

  11. Myth #1I agree with to an extend but Bass isn't harder than guitar that is rubbish, guitarist need to know the exact same things as well as keyboard players. Also a good rhythm guitarist is grooving all the time. Also guitar players need to learn all the bloody chords and the inversions as well — that is even more they case when playing the keys!
    So learning bass isn't harder than learning guitar; it's about the same when you are a serious player. And bass as well as guitar are significantly easier than learning the keys.

    However 90% of the guitar players can play the bass proficiently but I think only 20% of the bass players can play the guitar proficiently.

  12. Much appreciated, boss. After playing for over a year and improving, I treated myself to a Fender PB.

  13. Really loving you vids

  14. You can absolutely play with a pick, and you're right that it's cool to be able to use both (Flea!).
    As far as having a cheaper instrument starting out… that's really more of an earned privilege in some people's eyes. I'm a pretty nice guy, but I'm also not rich… I'd be lying if I said I wasn't miffed every time I see a noob with gear that I could never afford. I buy what i suppose are "mid-range" priced instruments ($500-$700) nowadays, and to me those are nice and i am grateful to have them.

  15. I loved you in the movie Split

  16. iam a beginner and I agree with you , but iam talking to bass better than I did with guitar, maybe now older ,maybe as my dad used to play in a band and now good fun learning with him .

    not sure, but really respect all bass players .I practice 2 hours a day and loving it .

  17. 29 'dislikes'. I wouldn't have thought there were that many guitar players watching this.

  18. Question is it boring practicing bass on your own?

  19. "You love effects and pedals? Bass is not for you."

  20. Vulfpeck !

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