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November 23, 2010 5:58 AM Subscribe
My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start?
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The Boy has been interested in learning to play for at least a couple of years. His favorite band is Green Day, but when a Primus song came on while we were in the car one day, he said, "THAT. I want to learn to play like that." So, bass.
We put him off a bit because he's both Aspie and ADHD, and we worried that he'd get too easily frustrated and give up if he started too soon. At this point, I think his motivation will overcome some amount of frustration, but I still want to choose a starting point with the most chance of success. I've talked to a few guitarists I know, all of whom have given varied opinions on how to get him introduced to playing. Some have suggested starting him on guitar, some have said starting on bass should be fine.
I'd like to get him an instrument for Christmas, so I'm hoping that you guys can help me make the final decision: bass or guitar (and if guitar, electric or acoustic).
(The Boy and I have talked about the fact that most bassists I know started out on guitar, so he's ok with the idea of starting with guitar if that's what we decide.)