Get a cheap bass guitar (Harvey Benton are Chinese Fender eh... inspired designs, but they are prefectly well for starting out and cost <100€ new, even less used). Then get yourself Rocksmith 2014, either on PS3 or PC (if your PC is capable of last-gen games). It's like Guitar Hero but with a real instrument.[...]
This looks extremely cool ! I'll be definitely looking forward to it.
A bass guitar plays nothing like a contra bass aside from the fact that the same notes are used in their "standard" tunings for strings.
Err.... okay. I though at least the right hand techniques would be similar from one instrument to the other, and that the left hand on the contra bass would pretty much be the same as the left hand on a fretless bass. Obvously the instrument is held very differently but you see what I mean. Many bassist alternate between double bass and bass guitar depending on the situation I believe.
You can dampen a string using various methods with both the left and right hand. Getting good at it requires pure muscle memory, which requires hours and hours of repetitive practice.
Obviously, the same can be said of all musical instruments. I didn't think you could do it with left hand, thank you for informing me 'bout that.
Best of luck man!
Then learn some of your favorite parts from your favorite songs, some by ear, some with tabs (which is so much easier to read than standard notation/sheet music).
Fore some people it might be, but I am 26 years old and have been playing music reading standard sheets music for 20 years (that is almost 80% of my life) so for me reading standard sheet music is certainly the easiest. Reading tabs is currently "impossible" for me because I have absolutely no idea how they work and have never ever used any, I could learn however that wouldn't be my current priority.
With bass, the bar is also pretty low because most people use the bass as a prop rather than a musical instrument that interacts creatively with the instruments around it
If learning playing bass is easy then it's good news for me.
99% of the bassists out there are terrible and should be ashamed of themselves.
Then I will definitely fell in that cathegory, if I start learning to play the bass as my 3rd instrument and put a very low priority on it as opposed to the other instruments. But I don't care, since I'm just looking for the enjoyment of playing it and I don't care if I am terrible
or (not necessarily related) want to play a style that calls for your bass to be distorted (like punk or black metal)
Uh no, definitely not, that's not the kind of music I'm interested in.
I'd like to expand on this. Play the lower notes for supporting and providing more "lower-end", use higher notes for providing melody lines or harmonies to complement what the other instruments are playing.
I do not understand what you mean here. The musician do not decide which notes it plays, the music composer does. Of course there is the exception of improvised music, but that's not what I'd be leaning for. Through this comment you seem to assume music is necessary improvised.
Never forget that you don't actually have to know anything about music to make music.
If you want to do something original you will spend a great deal of time learning theory and the rest of your life trying to unlearn it. Theory has a tendency to box you in.
As I already told you, I already know a lot about music theory and practice. It's not like if playing music was anything new for me - just the instrument is.
Your PC will also act as amplifier and effect chain.
That is the other thing I am completely unaware of and come in as total alien to me : I know squat about electric/electronic instruments and things such as amplifiers and effects. I know about effects because I played with the synths a lot - however the effects are already built in the synth. I am not used to have to actually set a lot of potentiometers up and connect lots of cables all over the place. However, bass is usually light on effects, and since I know about the synth it should help me in the process.