The bass guitar is another instrument that is relatively easy to learn. Since entire chords are not usually formed as they are on the guitar, it’s easier to learn the basic elements of fretting and picking the appropriate strings. In the simplest scenario, the bass player alternates picking of two notes in the chord being played. When the song changes chords, the two notes picked also changes. In a typical three-chord song, that’s only six notes, and they are easily identified by use of the Nashville Number System (which will be another topic elsewhere on this site!).
If dobro, guitar, banjo or steel doesn’t sound like the instrument for you, maybe the bass guitar is!