I've been playing bass in the church band since late 2010 or early 2011. It was a struggle at first. Guitar players often think they can play bass because they know where all of the notes are but the reality is that it is a very, very different instrument. Back in March I posted the 10 commandments for bass players which really underscores the role of the bass player in keeping the groove. Earlier, I posted a piece about the different language that bass players speak vs. guitar players. I mentioned in one of those posts that I'm actually spending more time playing bass than guitar these days and that it is detrimental to my guitar playing. That continues to be the case. At the same time, I do really enjoy playing the bass. There are these wonderful moments when I find myself connected to the drummer and it is almost as if we are one person/instrument and the groove really does take over.
So here's the thing... I find myself thinking sometimes that I should switch and define myself primarily as a bass player rather than a guitar player. I am a good, if a little idiosyncratic, guitar player but I'm not getting a lot of opportunities to play. I'm a reasonably good bass player too... and I think there would be more opportunities for that if I really worked at it and put myself out there. To do that though, would, by necessity, push my guitar playing even further back on the shelf. I do miss playing out though and the possibility of getting out more is really attractive.
I'd like to be intentional about the whole question rather than just sliding into it... we'll see.