The responsibility of the bass player is to carry the “bottom end” of the music. The bassist works in conjunction with the drummer to form the rhythm section of the group – and the acoustic or electric guitar adds the upper layers of strumming chord progressions and playing solos as well.
For example – in a song that is comprised of an E, A, B chord progression, the electric or acoustic guitar would typically strum the E, A and B “chords”, while the bassist would play the E, A and B root “notes”. As a result, bass lines are normally comprised of single notes, as opposed to multi note chords.
In addition – bass guitars are tuned a lot lower than other types of guitars, and have a lot thicker strings that create tones that are inside lower “octaves”. In most cases, bass guitars come in four or five string models, in comparison to electric or acoustics that normally have six strings. (While there are many exceptions)
The tuning of a bass guitar is similar to other guitars, only with less strings, and again, in lower octaves. Here is a comparison:
Guitar – E, A, D, G, B, E Bass – E, A, D, G
On a five string bass, there is a “low” B string added, and the tuning would look like this:
5 String Bass – B, E, A, D, G
So once deciding whether to get involved with bass beginner guitar lessons, or electric/ acoustic guitar lessons, the main thing to realize is that there is a huge difference in the musical “approach” and mind-set between the two instruments. If strumming chords and playing solos is what you like, then electric or acoustic guitar lessons is most likely the route you must take.
On the other hand, if you are “groove” oriented, and like to assist with keeping the beat – then bass beginner guitar lessons are definitely for you!