|amusicalperson ||01-15-2014 08:03 PM |
What made YOU want to play bass?
I got my first guitar when I was 3, didn't pick it up until I was 9. Played a couple of years but got frustrated with all the 'want to be' guitar players (I'm sure we all know a few! Lol) so I gave up playing guitar a while. The first moment I knew I wanted to play the bass was when I heard the opening bass line to "Sweet Child O' Mine" kinda lame? Yes. But go easy on me, I was young. I soon discovered the wonders of Paul McCartney and that gave me more of an interest, but it wasn't until I discovered John Paul Jones that I took my bass playing seriously, I started practicing for hours everyday until I could play every Led Zeppelin song. I still practice everyday (not just Zep tunes obviously! Lol) but Jonesy is definetly the reason I still pick up my bass everyday.
So what's your story?
|AaronVonRock ||01-15-2014 08:08 PM |
I was mediocre at playing guitar. And where I grew up, the guitarist to bassist ratio was about 20-1.
|Jefff ||01-15-2014 08:11 PM |
I am old.... James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt and Paul Mccartney made me want to play.
|sbassface ||01-15-2014 08:13 PM |
my friends older brother playing rage against the machine covers and nailing that style of playing, in a high school gym shortly after rage's first album
|Bassist4Eris ||01-15-2014 08:14 PM |
I wanted to play it before I even knew what sound it was making on the records I was listening to. It was bigger than guitar, and had four big fat strings on it instead of six little ones. I just thought that was cool.
Originally Posted by amusicalperson
The first moment I knew I wanted to play the bass was when I heard the opening bass line to "Sweet Child O' Mine" kinda lame?
No, not lame, that's a classic bass melody every rock bassist should know. :bassist:
|39-Bassist ||01-15-2014 08:17 PM |
Listening to Larry Norman, Thin Lizzy and Beach Boys. went WOW, felt that groove rhythm. Feel in love with how the music moved me.
|Rocker949 ||01-15-2014 08:22 PM |
Like I've said many times before, Paul McCartney playing bass on Sgt. Pepper.
|basschanges ||01-15-2014 08:23 PM |
I always appreciated the role of the bass in music. Plus, everyone in my high school was playing guitar. I wanted to complement their playing and be able to play together. I also wanted to be different and get proficient at an instrument that was overlooked.
It wasn't until two years after that I really got into the beauty and depth of the instrument.
|theduke1 ||01-15-2014 08:24 PM |
|zeppfan90 ||01-15-2014 08:26 PM |
JPJ!! YES!!! My all time favorite as well.
|1960jbass ||01-15-2014 08:46 PM |
Seeing Jaco and Weather Report on "Midnight Special." Also hearing Dave Hope's work with Kansas and finally hearing John Entwistle.
|stratovani ||01-15-2014 09:51 PM |
My age. Nobody wants to see a overweight balding old fart playing lead guitar. Guys our age are bass players. ;)
|fdeck ||01-15-2014 09:54 PM |
Middle school band teacher asked me if I wanted to play bass in the jazz band. I got an electric bass and spent a few weeks during the summer working through my cello etude books.
The rest is history. ;)
|Mudfuzz ||01-15-2014 09:54 PM |
"Bass solo, take one";)
|zachoff ||01-15-2014 09:58 PM |
Heard "Caught in a Mosh" for the first time when I was 12... The bass part made me want to play bass.
|Gizmot ||01-15-2014 09:58 PM |
I became a bass player because I could make a better contribution to a band as a bass player than I could as a guitarist. For the last 30 years, I've played bass because I don't have the dexterity to play guitar or keys well any longer.
|BenWhoPlaysBass ||01-15-2014 09:59 PM |
I always say I became a bass player by accident, haha. I was a high school freshman and the band was doing a a rock/metal christmas number for their holiday concert. I was a guitarist at the time but all the positions for guitar were taken for that song in particular. Director said "Well, we need a bass player". So I happily joined on (I'd do just about anything to get on a stage in those days) and picked up the bass. Learned how to play with my fingers because that's how every bass player I knew of did it (Geezer, Geddy, Steve Harris, etc). Within a few weeks of practicing I was easily twice as good a bassist as I was a guitarist. I now own four basses and two electric guitars. So I became a bassist unintentionally, but I'm glad I did, haha.
|bachlover ||01-15-2014 10:00 PM |
Being at a high school dance watching Painter (later Hammersmith). For some reason the basser quit playing & I heard all of the soul of the music leave the room. Also to get girls & I thought 4 strings easier than 6.
|BIGREDSIX ||01-15-2014 10:01 PM |
Seeing the Beatles the first time they were on Ed Sullivan. I was hooked.
|Lee Moses ||01-15-2014 10:06 PM |
Gene Simmons, and an early-developed and abiding fondness for low frequencies.
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