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Ex-Trombone Players who play bass guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by markfsanderson, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. With Frets

  2. Without Frets

  1. Well hopefully I'll have wiggle room for one silly poll . . . Just curious about your ex/present trombone players out there who are playing bass guitar today. Do you mostly play fretted or frettless bass? I've a theory . . . . but just mostly curious! Let's just say that you must of played trombone for at least one year . . .
  2. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    I play both - it depends on the gig (rock / bars, fretted; jazz / ensembles, fretless usually). I played trombone for about 15 years (was in the NSO Fellowship program, studied at Peabody while in college, had every intention of being a symphonic trombonist). I've played bass for roughly the last 14-15 years; there's a 7 year overlap between the two instruments - I haven't touched the trombone in at least that long. The fretless concept was very easy to figure out and my preference really only extends to what kind of sound I'm aiming for (mwah or no).

  3. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    I played trombone for six years in JR/SR Hi -- but that was over twenty years ago!

    I voted "fretted", but I also play EUB. My intonation is "fair" on EUB, as long as I pay attention to what I'm doing. Sorta like when I played trombone!

    FWIW, I also played EBG in the stands at football games as a junior and senior. We toted a Kasino 2x18 cabinet to all games and drove it with either my band director's Acoustic 370 or my Bassman 100. Sometimes, we even carried his 301 cabinet to go with the 370 head. What a trip!

    My band director at the time was a great friend, and also my bass teacher. He was also my direct inspiration for starting bass, as well as the greatest influence on my style.

  4. Awesome poll.

    I played trombone from grades 5 through 12. It's the instrument on which I received the bulk of my formal training. The reading skills I developed while studying trombone came in handy when I started playing upright bass in junior high school.

    Sold my Bach Stradavarius trigger trombone in college to buy a bass amp. What a dolt.
  5. fresnorich


    Sep 17, 2003
    Fresno, CA
    I played trombone from 4th grade through my senior year of high school (symphony, marching, and jazz). I put my horn down after graduation and haven't ever really picked it up again, but a couple years ago I began to miss playing music. I had taken a guitar course in college, but found transcribing the music from bass clef to treble clef to difficult. Then one day it hit me; I thought I should play bass instead, so I could use my music reading ability. I ignorantly purchased a crappy Memphis bass which I fooled around with for a couple years before I wised up and got a decent Fender. I know own a Fender Sting, a Stingray, and most recently a Tokai TPB-'64.

    I only wish that I had picked up the bass in high school instead of waiting until I was over 30 years old. I probably would have still quit playing the trombone, but I'd be a much better player now. I love the bass and it has truly become my instrument.

    As far as fretted vs. non-fretted: I haven't yet attempted a fretless, but I'd like to one day after a few more lessons and years of experience (and a couple more basses). I do think that playing the trombone gave me a pretty good ear which helps with my playing. Even the way the bass functions in a band setting is similar to the role the trombone plays in a larger band; rhythmically too.

    I've always been curious about how many other bass players out there are former trombone players too.
  6. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    I played trombone thru all my school years in band, growing up near El Paso, Texas... (specifically, Clint) I transferred everything to bass, & have never purchased a fretless. I think perhaps I will,, at some point...
  7. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    My father was the premier trombonist of his time in Cuba. The reason I play bass is that he once bought a bass to teach himself and decided to leave it.. along came i and picked it up....
    I have worked with a wonderful trombonist who is also a fine bassist. It seems there is definitely a link there...
  8. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    I played in "area band" for 5 years 25 years ago and got a fretted Peavey T-40 (used) soon after giving that up.
  9. I played trombone in highschool, I play a fretted bass. In my music class if we couldn't find the trombone book our teacher would just give us the electric bass book and vice versa.
  10. RyanHelms


    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    Another ex-trombonist here. I made the switch from alto sax my freshman year in high school and the senior who gave me my trombone/bass clef crash course wrote all the slide postions over the notes. Consequently, I then spent the next four years looking at notated bass clef and seeing numbers instead of note names :/ You can imagine what *that* does for your sightreading.

    I never have recovered from that. Reading nowadays is like "Huh?"

    Oh, yeah, and I play fretless almost exclusively. (with plenty of milage on slide guitar, fwiw)

    Slide trombone, slide guitar, fretless bass.....hmmmmmmm.......
  11. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Louis Satterfield (RIP :( ) played trombone with Earth, Wind, & Fire, switched to bass, and back to 'bone.
  12. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I played trombone for about four years is jr/sr high. Then I heard this guy playing a walnut Les Paul Recording bass through his Acoustic 150B and it was all over. I had to learn to play bass guitar and be able to make those awsome tones! Traded the trombone for my first bass. Only one of the dozen or so basses I've owned over the years was fretless. It was a Dan Armstrong. I was more into rock at the time and didn't stick with it long. In the past I have enjoyed giving my uncle's upright bass an occaisional spin, but I haven't tried fretless for years...
  13. played the bone from 6th till 9th grade, picked up my first bass in 8th grade. BTW, if anyone's interested in buying a King, let me know, haven't played it in about 2 years.
  14. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'm a woodwind player, but at my school, out of all the tromboners, we have three drummers and a guitarist. No bassist. LOL.
  15. I played, but only in grades 6 and 7... I was one of the stronger players in the class, but I really remember nothing from it.

    I'm currently playing a fretted bass.
  16. jjtsucka


    Aug 31, 2004
    this is just plain weird, i had no idea that there were so many other bass player that were former trombone players. i played 5-7, gave it up to concentate on football. i then picked up the bass in 11th having forgotten the little i had learned about reading music from back in the day, but even then i had a nack for playing by ear which earned complements from the teacher. but she insisted i get better at reading music, which kinda hurt my intrest, im lazy and didnt want to have to work that hard i guess, but i really wonder how good i'd be now had i stuck with it. oh well i found something better anyway
    oh yea i play fretted primary cause of the music i play in my band but im looking to try a fretless soon and maybe start a jazz band :bassist:
  17. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    I started playing trombone when I was 9 years old. I'll be 49 in a couple of months. Played through High school, college and even some professionally. Picked up bass as a second instrument at age 27 and it soon became my #1 gigging instrument. My Dad was a trombonr player that played some bass also. My only regret is that I didn't pick up the bass sooner. :bassist:
    Oh yeah I almost forgot. I play fretted bass but I think the fact that use have to use your ear to be able to play a trombone in tune would help you to play fretless in tune also.
  18. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I played the trombone from the 4th grade all the way through my senior year of High School...and loved it. As for the question of fretted or fretless, I play both. Give them both a try and see which "format" you like the best. ;)
  19. I played trombone from middle school through high school. I picked up the bass in 7th grade because I was bored and wanted something fresh to "play with".
    Now I am doing brass pedagogy for my Music Ed. degreee and I whish that I had practiced and kept up my chops. Bass was a fairly easy switch; same clef, key, and when I added the URB to my playing, It helped with my ear.
  20. jerikl


    Jul 20, 2003
    I play a fretted bass, as it's the only one I've got :) I still consider myself a trombonist rather than a bassist even though I haven't seriously picked up the trombone in over a year. Though, that streak will soon end as soon as I get another practice mute so I can practice in the apartment. I'd love to try a fretless, but maybe in another 6 months or so when I will be quite a bit more comfortable with the instrument.