Bass guitars are one of the kinds of guitars that
are very prevalent, yet still very few people know much about
how to play them or how they are different from the more standard
So, in order to help educate, let’s go through a few of
the interesting facts about these fun, yet misunderstood guitars.
• They are a little different ? If you know much about
guitars, you have probably noticed that they usually include five
strings. These strings make a combination of different chords
depending on finger placement.
If you look closely at a bass guitar, you will see that bass
guitars actually do not have as many strings. Actually, these
guitars normally have only four strings. These instruments do
not need as many strings as a normal guitar simply because they
do not serve the same purpose. Whereas it is the purpose of a
normal guitar to provide a melody, it is the responsibility of
the person playing the bass to provide the bassline for the song.
• Not heavy, just big-boned ? However you want to say it, bass
guitars might have a weight problem. The problem, of course, depends
on if you are strong enough to lift and play it. Those who have held
or played an acoustic guitar know that they are really fairly light,
especially since they are mostly hollowed out.
But the same is not true for the basses. These instruments are often
quite heavy because not only are they musical instruments, but also
sophisticated pieces of machinery. If you plan on playing the bass for
any length of time at all, you should be prepared to do a little heavy
lifting. At worst, it might make you a little sore, but at best it will
make you stronger.
So, although bass guitars are different, they are not so different
that a person who typically plays an acoustic guitar wouldn’t
know how to play one.