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Saying that if you can play a Electric guitar means that you can play a bass guitar is like saying that: if you can play a Cello you can play a violin. Which is wrong, yes you should be able to play something, because of the tuning to be a like, but the play style and the place and job in the band / Orchestra is very different almost totally different.

Guitar Vs. Bass

The Guitar is one octave higher than the bass and is therefore easier to mix notes and make chords, because the sound will be much brighter and clearer than the bass. As the bass often just makes a blurry dark sound. Don’t take me wrong, you can mix notes with the bass, you just need to know what you’re doing. (Personally, I mix notes all the time but that’s my play style. Often 5th’s and octaves)
The guitar has also a smaller neck then the electrical bass and its therefore shorter space between each fret. This makes it easier to move your fingers.

Bass guitars.

The most common bass is the 4 string bass, as a beginner you don’t need more strings. But advanced players sometimes got the urge for more:P the most common option then is one or two extra strings. A 5 string bass (usually, not in my case) adds a dark B string. Needed for metal or heavy rock riffs. A 6 string bass adds a low B string and a high C string. I haven’t heard about two lighter or darker strings. You can also get a 12 15 or 18 stringed bass, but it’s really as a 4, 5 or 6 stringed bass that has the same concept as the 12 stringed guitar but only with two extra strings per main string. I don’t really know the tuning of the extra strings only that it’s higher. Probably a 5th or an octave higher.
Another bass type is the fretless bass. The fretless bass don’t have any frets (the thin metal lines that makes you hit the exact note.) its like a contrabass, cello or violin. This gives it a mush smoother sound, and not the solid sound that the frets generates. Its also harder to play, ‘cause you need to place your fingers quite exactly to make the right not, but it’s not hard to learn, you just need to get used to it. This bass type is often used in Jazz music, but I’ve seen it in most music genres. Even a disco riff that “Frank Zappa And The Mother” made.
Acoustic Basses are also available but good ones costs a lot and still doesn’t work good in a band. (Feedback, Badsound etc.) But as an instrument for use home alone its great, gives a great feeling.

The Bass players Job

Well this is my opinion, some bass players may disagree. The bass is not a solo instrument as the guitar, its not meant to do the same as the solo guitarist. Although bass solos are awesome.
I always listen to the drums and guitars and try to be a link between them. And from that point I try to make song more interesting.
example:

Guitarist plays D C B A
I Play D E B A not every time, but I try to wary it.

The E gives the round a new feeling, which makes the riff more interesting.

or

Instead of playing each note for example four times you can do this.
The next Example I will show in a tab how to read a tab go here
http://mxtabs.net/content.php? (splitted) file=Reading_Guitar_and_Bass_Tabs

G|----------------------------- --------------------------|
D|-----5-7-5----------4-5-4---- ------4------------5-4-2--|
A|5-5------------3-3----------- --2-2----2----0-0---------|
E|----------------------------- --------------------------|

It depends on the genre you’re playing.

at last you can also play with a pick which if you want an even harder sound much more trebled sound. But gives you a more steadier rhythm if you play on note multiple times. Personally, I prefer fingering technique. I feel more free, more “in touch with the sound” :P and pick bass is for wimps :P

Here is a nifty little video with stu Hamm a Great Bass player.
http://video.google.com/videoplay? (splitted) docid=1158095372160188114&q=ba (splitted) ss+playable%3Atrue

I'm glad for any questions so feel free to Mail me. Basshoe@gmail or enkulinist@hotmail.com

Btw I had to split the links to post it, you'll figure it out
Bass guitar players are not Dull people, some of them just stands in the shadow of the solo guitar.

guitar players tend to belive that their Jimi Hendrix just because they can the Nothing Else Matters solo. lol, noobs

Turn up the Bass
by Eskil May 01, 2006
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An instrument that is similar to the guitar, but only has four strings. The bass is a much bigger scaled instrument as well and also deeper in sound. For more information visit http://www.play-bass.com
Johnny please turn your bass guitar down now, your shaking the house and your dad is trying to sleep.
by The bass Guru March 26, 2009
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a four stringed instrument created in the 1950's replacing the upright bass or cello. often overlooked as an instrument, the bass guitar does not get much credit unless the bassist shows true talent such as Thomas Commerford from Rage Against the Machine or Johnny Christ from Avenged sevenfold. In analogies,
Bass is the sperm and the Guitar is the penis

Guitar is the hot chick, and the Bass is the sex

Guitar is the cereal, Bass is the Milk
Bass guitar Rockers!
Thomas Commerford from Rage Against the Machine

Johnny Christ from Avenged sevenfold
by Voorhees11 March 09, 2009
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A combination of an upright (or double) bass and an electric guitar. Similar to percussion, the bass guitar is used in almost every type of music in common circulation (the exception being, of course, percussion ensembles). Tuned one octave lower than an average electric guitar, the bass guitar is very easy to pick up and attain instant results, but very hard to master. Prominent styles on the bass guitar include slapping, tapping, and plucking.
Classic bass guitar players include Paul McCartney, Victor Wooten, and Sting.
by Scott P. Tipton October 01, 2007
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A four string guitar tuned EADG. Properly played using one's index and middle finger to "pick"(the thumb can also be used the strum), improperly played by dumbass guitarists who use a pick and think they can play bass.
Other playing types include slapping, in which the bassist hits the string with the side of his thumb, and plucking in which the bassist hooks his or her finger underneath the string an pulls.
I play bass guitar.

Les Claypool of Primus is a great bassist.

Cliff Burton is a good bassist.

Krist Novoselic is a terrible bassist.
by Marc December 03, 2005
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The lazy man's guitar, exatcly why it is so much better, basslines kick ass.
Alex: "I play Guitar, I am very good"
Mike: "I know you are, I play bass guitar, I am very good, but very lazy"
Alex: "Duh, the lazy man's guitar"
Greg: "I play drums"
Alex: "LETS START A BAND"
*everyone*: "YEAH"
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a guitar with four strings that is easier to play than a regular guitar and makes a low, muffled sound. Great sound and the strings are harder to play due to their size, but due to most bands use of only 1 string at a time, the bass is both overlooked and superbly easy to play.
The bass guitar is cool, but the electric takes more skill to master.
by andrew Dolan October 01, 2005
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