Originally Posted by matt.dahms
-What kind of horn do you play?
-Which did you start out playing first, Bass or Trombone?
-How has playing the trombone helped in your development as a musician on the bass? and vice versa.
-Are there any similarities between the bass and trombone that attracted you to them?
Started playing trombone when I was 9. First horn was a King 606. All modesty aside, I got pretty good at it. Played in jazz ensembles, went to competitions, played in state honors bands. At one point in high school, I played in symphonic wind ensemble, concert band, both jazz bands, marching band, and pep bands for all sports. I also played in a regional drum/bugle corps band for awhile, too (though, that was on baritone/tenor cornet, because the band was all valve instruments).
When college came, I decided to go to Ohio State. I was under the impression that The Best Damn Band In The Land was comprised of all music majors, and I wasn't going to be one, so I didn't bother to audition. (Big mistake. I was way off base, and feel that knowing what I know now, I'd have gotten a spot and really enjoyed it). My last horn was a King 4B, which I sold to buy a Marshall 1/2-stack.
I started playing guitar and taking lessons when I was 14, but didn't pick up bass until I was 19. Once I picked up my first bass, I thought back on all the guitar lessons and all the trombone playing and realized that bass was the instrument for me, and that my musical experiences up to that point had gone a long way in leading me to it.
I definitely feel like trombone and guitar made me the bassist that I am today. I feel like understanding the role of low brass in large ensembles gave me a good foundation for understanding the role of bass in a band, and that guitar gave the the theoretical knowledge and understanding to know how to be the bridge between the drums and the guitars on stage.
I've been a pro/semi-pro bassist for 15 years now, and I feel I owe it all to my start on trombone as a kid, then picking up guitar as a teenager.