I wanted to start a thread about how everyone got started in music and in playing DB. I'm sure everyone's story will be different. Mine may be a long post. I've been singing since I was a toodler, my Mom played piano, guitar, harmonica, and accordian, and I started singing in Church when I was 5, singing solo, and I sang harmony with my older brother, who was 8 at the time. When I was about 7 I bought a harmonica, got home and sat on the front steps and started playing it. At age 13 I sold my bike and bought an electric guitar. Had to wait till Christmas for an amp lol. About 2 weeks later, a friend sold me his old Kay electric bass for $20. I started playing piano also. By the age of 11 I was singing baritone in a quartet at church. We sang together till I moved to Florida in 73. I started writing songs for real when I was 16, I write Southern Gospel, Pop, Jazz, Country, etc. I also started playing lap and pedal steel, violin, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, cello, viola, and EWI. I bought an EUB several years ago, and a DB over 2 years ago. I'd played DB before, even at some gospel sings. Over 50 years later, I still play and sing in church, and I do cds where I write all the songs and play all the instruments. I also have written some duets and recorded them with a local friend, and a close friend that lives 2400 miles away. The wonder of modern convieniences huh? I wish I'd had some theory, that would've made it faster and easier to figure out key changes, complicated harmony parts, etc. But I've had the privilage of singing/playing with some wonderful, and wonderfully talented people, and there are people all over the US and all over the world that have heard my songs, and have some of my songs on cd. Talkbass is a wonderful site I'm entirely self-taught, and have no music theory training.