Was Bass your first instrument?

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Was bass your first instrument?

  1. Bass was first

    47 vote(s)
    24.7%
  2. No I played something else first (please share)

    143 vote(s)
    75.3%
  1. WashburnAB95

    WashburnAB95

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    I played acoustic guitar before I played bass. I couldn't imagine picking up a bass with no musical experince or no prior string instrument experince.

    So was bass your first music instrument or did you come from a prior bacground on another instrument?
  2. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

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    I learned piano first. Then guitar and bass at the same time. I always prefered bass to guitar.
  3. phangtonpower

    phangtonpower

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    Fukui Japan from San Diego
    Played alto sax from 5th grade to 7th, then baritone sax from 8th to 11th. Started playing playing bass around the 10th grade. Playing the Bari helped a lot.
  4. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum. Supporting Member

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    I played piano first, then fell out of that. Then I discovered Metallica and Cliff Burton, and wanted to play bass. Then I got to college and tried to learn guitar, but decided that bass fit me better after all. The rest is my story.
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  6. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS * Supporting Member

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    The frozen north
    Recorder (flute) and then clarinet.
  7. Groove Doctor

    Groove Doctor

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    I learned & studied Voice, Piano, Euphonium & Guitar prior to dedicating to Bass (26 yrs now).
  8. fdorn

    fdorn Supporting Member

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    Green Bay, WI
    I played cello.
  9. BioWeapon

    BioWeapon

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    Played an acoustic in a junior high elective class.
    Got my first Electric 6 string at the end of that semester.
    Played that for around 4 years, then got my first bass.
    What a change it was, totally unexpected, but I stuck with it and now I'm a fairly good bassist (i think! :D )
  10. spanndrew

    spanndrew

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    Atlanta, Ga
    Instruments in order:
    Recorder(ha)
    Trumpet
    Guitar(short lived)
    Bass
    Harmonica
  11. Milk

    Milk Supporting Member

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    First yes. Now i also play guitar and keyboard.
  12. WashburnAB95

    WashburnAB95

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    You went backwards from me :)

    I find bass and guitar compliment each other. Bass hass made me stronger and given me more finger independance. Guitar has made me faster and more coordinated.
  13. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

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    Drums first... hence, my handle.
  14. ozzyismetal

    ozzyismetal

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    Bass was first, been playing since I was 7.
    Later on learned guitar and a little piano.
  15. zachoff

    zachoff

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    No, played viola from 4-6 grade, "drums" (snare drum) in 7th grade, and then bass in 8th grade plus. Was so bummed to play "drums" and get a single drum. I wanted a kit so bad.
  16. Jbassrockboy

    Jbassrockboy

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    The land down under
    Classical guitar from a young age and drums at school
  17. Purplefowler

    Purplefowler

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    Piano (grade 5), music theory (grade 4) and self taught guitar (badly)!
  18. punkjazzben

    punkjazzben Supporting Member

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    Australia
    Recorder (age 7)
    Classroom singing (5-10)
    Electric bass (13)
    Classical guitar (14)
    Trombone (14)
    Double bass (15)

    Turning 27 this year. But to answer the actual question, I suppose recorder was my first instrument.
  19. Need Gigs

    Need Gigs

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    NO WAY! I learnt Euphonium at the same time as bass! I thought I was the only Euphonium player in the entire world :ninja:
    I learnt drums for a half a year and guitar for a month before I picked up bass.
  20. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    Started on clarinet, aged 12. Added alto sax at 16. Picked up acoustic guitar at 19, adding electric (12-string at first!) at 21. Ditched the clarinet and sax a year later and was just guitars until I picked up a bass aged around 34 and got hooked. I now (at 38) play acoustic, electric and bass guitars, a bit of keys (dusting off some vague classroom memories from 20+ years ago) and added mandolin to my repertoire a couple of months ago.
  21. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    Hastings, NE
    :confused: I think bass was first :meh: I know bass was the first one I liked.
    Thanks a lot, now I don't know any more :(

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