how many played bass clef instrument before bass?

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  1. misterCRUSH

    misterCRUSH It's all's ALL jazz...

    Dec 27, 2015
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
    I started on Baritone, moved to tuba, and finally bass trombone in the jazz band. I guess I always was drawn to the low end. anybody else?
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  2. Phil60


    Jul 2, 2018
    Charlotte, NC
    Played tuba, and baritone a time or two, in the school band from the end of 4th grade into High School. Since I was able to read bass clef, I was designated the bass player and the rest fell into place.
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  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I started on accordion. Right hand = treble clef, left hand = bass clef.
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  4. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Played cello in elementary school. (Had bass envy but didn’t have the gall to ask my parents for a bigger, more expensive instrument.)
  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Started on trumpet and cornet as a kid, and then moved to baritone. Or rather, I was moved to baritone by the band director. All these years later, I still don't know whether to be resentful or thankful. ;)
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  6. Phil60


    Jul 2, 2018
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm from extreme South Louisiana where accordion players were always looked for. My dad tried hard to get me to play the accordion, then sax; neither of those worked out for me.
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  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Back in 1961, when I was 9 my parents asked me if I wanted to play an instrument. My younger brother had just started private piano lessons and, having seen Lionel Hampton on TV looking like he was having a lot of fun playing the vibraphone and I like the sound of them, I said I wanted to play that...I got put in a group class for keyboard accordion. My parents liked Lawrence Welk and thought I'd want to become the next Myron Floren (incredible musician that Myron) but it didn't take.
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  8. 4 years of tuba before I got a bass.
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  9. xaosbass


    Feb 15, 2008
    Started out playing Bb clarinet in junior high. Director urged me toward alto, bass, contrabass clarinets and baritone saxophone. Never learned bass clef till later. I have always been able to play by ear.
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  10. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Not I: started on flute, then guitar, before I picked up bass.

    Actually, somewhere in there I also picked up drums before bass, but never had to read any percussion charts — including tympani, in bass clef — until I was 17.
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  11. No. I was one of the 700 kids in a high school band class of 100 playing trumpet, along with 900 flute players (all girls), 1,500 clarinet players (mostly girls) and that weird kid playing the oboe.
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  12. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yep. Early to mid 80s I played trombone, baritone, tuba, etc. In fact, it's how I became a bass player.

    My sophomore year of high school, my band director asked me to play tuba in the jazz band. I replied something like "No thanks, man. That ain't cool."

    Two weeks later, he called me into his office. Over in the corner was a brand new P bass and a Peavey TNT amp. "Jazz band starts in six weeks. You better get ready."

    The rest is history.
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  13. Nope. Started out on violin for 9 years playing classical music which to me felt like doing an exercise. It barely registered that I was doing music. Switched to bass and a few years down the line decided to learn to read bass clef.

    I was surprised at how hard it was to transition from reading bass clef from treble clef. Nowadays, I can no longer read treble clef.
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  14. Jebberz

    Jebberz Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Quebec city
    Played some piano, as well as some classical guitar, so I was familiar with the bass clef and with a guitar neck, that why they let me had the bass in high school.
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  15. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Six years of piano lessons starting in April, 1970 when I was eight. Then in a turn of events, bass guitar in junior high jazz band camp before marching sousaphone starting as a freshman.
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  16. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn My (Adopted) Daughter Supporting Member

    Began on trumpet... moved to baritone, valve trombone, Eb horn (albeit treble clef)- then tuba... had the Rockstar hair (mid-70’s)- BG was inevitable! :smug:

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  17. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Does playing the pedals on an organ count? I played this Lowrey Genie when I was in high school.

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  18. BassyFred


    May 22, 2020
    I have played flute and piccolo flute. It took me 25 years to realise that bass is the best.
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  19. skyline_01

    skyline_01 Endorsing artist: Nordstrand Audio, Tsunami Cables

    Nov 14, 2006
    Lebanon, OH
    Had about 5 years of piano starting in 3rd grade, then started trombone in beginning band. About a year after that I got into bass guitar thanks to a cousin who got one for his birthday.

    I continued trombone throughout college (I was a music major) but put I pretty much put it away for good after that. Bass is the only instrument that I still play on the regular, and the only one I really care about very much.
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  20. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    Piano. Both clefs. Simutaneously.
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