I have been wanting to learn to play bass for a long time (20-23 years). I would eat a cheap bass and amp, noodle around for a while the sell it off. Part of it was just life and part no confidence. About four years ago I struck up a conversation with the bass player of a band that always played at the restaurant of the hotel that I frequented. I asked him how long he had been playing and he said three months... Granted it was a band that played Irish pub music but still, there seemed to be some complex rhythms in some of the songs they played. He had no prior music experience which to me was more astounding. More recently I was at a work function and was talking to a work acquaintance and he mentioned he had just bought a bass and was taking lessons. Now about 5 months later he is in a band playing gigs on weekends. Neither of these guys are virtuosos ( well the one guy may be one by now after 4 years) for sure but I was amazed how fast both of them picked up the instrument and were competent enough to perform. Inspired by this I cracked out my P Bass that I had stuck away and have decided to take some lessons starting in April. Not sure I will ever perform live but the thought of playing even in front of a small bar crowd sound fun. I digress... So the question out all of this is how long did it take you to learn to play and start performing?