Hi, I am a mid-50 year old gal with significant hand arthritis who still wants to somehow stay engaged in performing music. My music background is that I played violin for nine years from elementary to high school and in college, sang with the touring section of the university choir. Since those days, my involvement with music has been through the church in the worship band setting as a vocalist, occasional violinist. About 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune arthritis that has really taken its toll on my hands as far as dexterity and strength is concerned. My decision to pickup the electric bass is mostly for philosophical reasons based on being a parent. As a young adult, I've had my day being lead vocalist, featured musician. But I want younger ones to develop and I want to step aside for those. I don't have to prove myself anymore. I want to be around to make these young lovers of music gain experience and confidence. Yet still, I want to be involved somehow. And that's how I came to a decision to pick up the bass guitar. Just before my hands started having problems, my daughter was born and this idea of playing bass was also born. So my husband bought me a starter bass electric guitar set. I am finally picking the bass guitar up. After an almost 20 year hiatus from worship band, I played for the 1st time with the band on the bass guitar. IT WAS A BLAST!! I like the variety within the kingdom of electric bass guitar. I've just recently learned about short scale bass guitars and at 5 feet tall, I am very interested. I am forever curious and looking forward to learning a lot here on TB.