I’m not going to say I get bored with playing the bass, but sometimes I like doing something different. Something that I haven’t done before. However, I still like doing something music related. That’s why I jump at the chance to learn other instruments. There are so many things you can learn from other instruments that can help you with the instrument you play. Here are some things you can learn from other band instruments.
As a bass player, our job is to bridge together the melody and the beat of the music. So, that’s why I think it’s important to learn at least a little guitar. The guitar’s job is to hold down the melody and I think that is something important to understand. Also, knowing chords on a guitar (and knowing the relation between chords and a capo) can help if your band gets a request for a song and you don’t know the chord structure. I can’t tell you how many times knowing a little bit of guitar has helped me.
The drums and the bass have a very special relationship. I don’t think that any other relationship is as strong or as significant as the relationship between a drummer and a bassist (maybe it’s an exaggeration, but whatever). I’ve never played drums before, but I really want to, because I think it is extremely important to understand the role of drummers. Drummers have a lot of pressure on them. They develop to the groove, they must be the band’s metronome, and follow the band leader at the same time. I think it’s nice to understand that importance.
All in all, knowing other instruments can be a useful thing. By knowing other instruments, you can put on your resume, “Plays Ukulele, Fiddle, Accordion, Harmonica.” So, if a band needs any of those instruments, they can give you a call. Another great thing is to learn somewhat obscure instruments, such as Banjo, Mandolin, etc. These instruments are becoming more popular, but so few people play them. In a music city, you could find a lot of work by knowing a little bit of these instruments.