This is going to be long. While I dont post as often as I would like, when I do I have the compulsion to explain everything. Some of you will probably like that I dont post that often because of that. I dont even know why I want to post this just do. Im 55 years old and was a guitar player most of my life. I became interested in electric bass about eight years ago, bought some gear, and the opportunities just happened for me. Im now in three bands, get calls for sub jobs and am having a great time. One of the bands has a regular gig twice a month and I get to play some jazz. I have loved jazz since high school jazz band (guitar), but I like to call myself a faux jazz bass player. Even though I studied music theory in college I gave up on my music major, got off in to a different career, marriage and a kid and never really solidified my musical skills. Now I read lead sheets but am basically a pattern player with a feel for the groove and a decent ear. Ever since I started playing bass Ive been saying to myself I wish I wouldve have started out on upright when my dad was alive. Upright and tuba were his instruments. He was a career musician in the US Army and retired Master Sargent and he could have taught me and I could be like many of you who have played since youth and are musically literate and can read well, transcribe and all the stuff I wish I could now do. He had a 50s blond Kay that I could own today if only if only, if only, blah blah blah. I finally caught myself saying all this again about a month ago and finally heard what a whinny little baby I sound like. Someone asked me if I was going to take up the double bass and I said ehhh that takes two years to get the technique down. That was 7 seven years ago! Well maybe its because of an unexpected divorce after 30 years or maybe it has just taken me this long to grow up, but Im done wishing. I have purchased a double bass, found a teacher, bought Simandl and the Evolving Bassist and have started to pursue an unfulfilled dream. Im determined to make it through from the beginning, to become musically competent and to swing like Ray Brown. Its not for a band or money or for any other reason than I want to for me and I DONT want to look back and say I wish anymore. While Im alive I want to maintain the pursuit of the thing Ive loved all my life, music. Now, why in the @#$% did it take me so long? I feel both like a dummy but happy Im on my way. Theres nothing career or family wise I would have had to give up I just didnt do it. All I can say is I get it now. I purchased a Thomson RM-200 Hybrid bass from String Emporium. I will post another thread all about that in the right forum.