A good bassist is always in demand!
Bass guitars come in a couple sizes, including short scale, standard, and extra-long scale, and varying numbers of strings (most bass guitars have four strings, but advanced players will often play bass guitars with five or even six strings, which give the bass a lower range). For new students, we recommend the four-string bass, and the short-scale bass size is a good option for students with smaller hands. Basses also come in solidbody and hollowbody. Solidbody (a bass that’s made from a single piece of wood and is not hollow) basses are the most common.
An electric bass needs an amplifier to be heard, so you’ll want a bass amp as well. We’ll have amps you can use at the school, but for online lessons or practicing at home, you’ll need your own. As with all instruments, we recommend you try before you buy, because there are a ton of different kinds of basses! Our Austin students can try out different bass guitars without commitment by renting from places like Rock N Roll Rentals on Burnet Rd, but most cities should offer good rental options with a quick online search.
Note: Did you know that there’s such a thing as a ukulele bass? They’re called a U-bass, and they’re small and cute, with big, soft, rubber strings, tuned the same way as a standard four-string bass. They need to plug into an amp just like other bass guitars, and they have a sound reminiscent of a big stand-up double bass. If this intrigues you, be sure to check local music stores to see how they feel in your hands.