Just wondering how some other people began, if they had older players to help them out, if it was a sink or swim situation, or if in fact they became bassists because someone else told them to (hey, it can happen in school, I hear). I got my first bass at age 16 but didn't play in any bands until two years later. In the meantime, I practiced scales and plucking techniques, while copping licks and playing along with records. When I joined my first band, it was also the first band for three out of the other four bandmates, including the drummer, who was 13 years old. We had no orientation, except plug in, crank up and let it rip. This was cool because there was no one around that was set in their ways and forcing their views on us. We could have fun with it any way we wanted.