History and Information about the Electric Bass Guitar
The bass guitar or electric bass was developed in the mid-20th century, as a combination of the traditional stand up bass and the electric guitar. It has the same tuning and sound as a stand up bass, but the playing technique is more similar to the guitar. When you learn how to play bass guitar, a whole world of music will open up to you, including jazz, rock, blues, funk, soul, and numerous other genres of popular music.
When to Start on the Electric Bass Guitar
You can start electric bass guitar lessons as young as age 8, depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills. Some students also switch from guitar to electric bass guitar. If a younger student is interested in electric bass guitar, they may be able to start on guitar or upright bass and then switch when they are physically able to do so.
Getting an Electric Bass Guitar
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent an electric bass guitar. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Electric Bass Guitar
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.