Bass players hate hearing people ask them if playing bass is easy. The truth is, to play any musical instrument well takes years of hard work and study. In my teaching experience, I think starting off on bass is easier for students than getting started on guitar. But, the bass carries a lot of responsibility in a band. To be a good bass player in a band you really have to have your stuff down and have a well-developed sense of rhythm. A band can squeak by with a bad guitarist, but never with a bad bassist.
So, you can expect to play recognizable bass parts fairly quickly and find that satisfying. And, you can get away with playing some pretty easy stuff on the bass when you are beginning. Ultimately, there is a lot to learn regardless of the instrument you play.
Back to the Bass Buying Guide