How much did you practice in the beginning? When I first started playing I was about 11 or 12 yrs old. I would come home from school and practice from about 4pm to 10 or 11pm almost every day. My parents were quite supportive - it did, however, keep me off the streets (for a while...) My oldest son who is 13 yrs old now begged me for a bass. I bought him a decent starter bass and he's been playing for about 2 yrs. He almost never practices. At first it really irritated me. Now it doesn't bother me - and I figure he'll do it if he has the desire and drive to. I've exposed him to all the masters. Jamerson, Victor, Marcus, Stanley, Sting, Miles, Jimi, etc., etc. Thus my question, how much did you guys practice in the very beginning?