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What made YOU want to play bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by amusicalperson, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. amusicalperson

    amusicalperson

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    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?
  2. AaronVonRock

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    I was mediocre at playing guitar. And where I grew up, the guitarist to bassist ratio was about 20-1.
  3. Jefff

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    I am old.... James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt and Paul Mccartney made me want to play.
  4. sbassface

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    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
  5. Bassist4Eris

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    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.

    No, not lame, that's a classic bass melody every rock bassist should know. :bassist:
  6. 39-Bassist

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    Listening to Larry Norman, Thin Lizzy and Beach Boys. went WOW, felt that groove rhythm. Feel in love with how the music moved me.
  7. Rocker949

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    Like I've said many times before, Paul McCartney playing bass on Sgt. Pepper.
  8. basschanges

    basschanges Supporting Member

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    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.
  9. theduke1

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    The Beatles!
  10. zeppfan90

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    JPJ!! YES!!! My all time favorite as well.
  11. 1960jbass

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    Seeing Jaco and Weather Report on "Midnight Special." Also hearing Dave Hope's work with Kansas and finally hearing John Entwistle.
  12. stratovani

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    My age. Nobody wants to see a overweight balding old fart playing lead guitar. Guys our age are bass players. ;)
  13. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

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    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. ;)
  14. Mudfuzz

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    "Bass solo, take one";)
  15. zachoff

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    Heard "Caught in a Mosh" for the first time when I was 12... The bass part made me want to play bass.
  16. Gizmot

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    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.
  17. BenWhoPlaysBass

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    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.
  18. bachlover

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    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.
  19. BIGREDSIX

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    Seeing the Beatles the first time they were on Ed Sullivan. I was hooked.
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    Gene Simmons, and an early-developed and abiding fondness for low frequencies.

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