Before I became a music teacher I had never even touched a bass guitar. In week 1 of my first job I realised that I was going to need to step away from my woodwind comfort zone and understand how guitars actually work.
In week 3 I played the very simple bass line (I'm talking 3 note sequence in semibreves simple) at a band rehearsal. And it was great. That exhilarating feeling of learning a new instrument came back to me all over again and it was a whole new way of visualising note relationships. I even began to understand TAB.
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I encourage all of my students to have a go at a bass guitar at least once and the majority love it. And here's why I think it's a great thing to try.