Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by carter0108, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. carter0108


    Jul 26, 2009
    Hey! I just signed up to talk bass talk!

    I was woundering how long people have been playing bass and at what age they started.

    I started playing Electric Bass in 2004 at the age of 10 and am now have distinction in grade 7. In feburary I aquired a double bass and have been playing it for a while at gigs etc (worked out how to play it myslef along with a few helpful tips)

    So how old were you when you started playing? also is it impressive to have a 14 year old playing bass or does that not seem very young?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome aboard! I started at age 15 sometime in the 80's so I guess to some that would be a LONG time ago. Don't worry about what impresses other people. Just do your thing and good luck!
  3. carter0108


    Jul 26, 2009
    thanks. i hope to go on to university with music and make a career out of it!
  4. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    I think I started bass at about 15, though I played ukulele, guitar, and trumpet for quite awhile before that.

    It doesn't matter when you start, as long as you start, and keep going.
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    It's a stupid movie, but I just love that scene in CANNONBALL RUN where the Italian driver rips the rearview mirror off the windshield of the Ferrari and says "what's behind me is not important..."
  6. JeffKissell

    JeffKissell Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Soquel, CA
    ...earlier this evening ;)

  7. LeslieD


    Jul 25, 2006
    I started playing the double bass in Jr. High when I was 11. I'm still playing 30+ years later. (Or at least I still TRY to play!) It's never too late to start playing the bass, but the earlier the better!