First, you will need to determine your budget. Will a five or even six string bass be better suited to your needs? Contrary to popular belief, you do not really need to decide which styles you will be playing before buying a bass. Be sure to find a proper bass tuner to get started. A single bass can just as easily be used for picking a fast, driving rock song as it can be used for slapping out a funk bass-line. Although it may seem so, a bass with more strings in not necessarily better. A general rule is that price increases by $100 for each string above four. That amount of money is significant, so make sure you only opt for the extra strings if you need it. A five string bass has an extra lower string, giving you five more notes than a four stringer. A six string bass tuner has both one extra lower and higher strings. Your bass tuner will help keep everything adjusted. The lower string gives an almost synthesizer-like sound to your playing, with the higher being more suited to clear, sharp fills and solos that are in the range of an electric guitar. Five string basses are used primarily by dance and hip-hop bassists. The Double Bass is used mostly by jazz and jazz fusion players.