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so how is it that you picked up the bass???

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by abrahamseed, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. abrahamseed


    Feb 19, 2009
    the Piedmont
    How many times have you been asked....."what made you decide to be a bass player?"

    For me, I didnt even know what I was getting into, but looking back, if I had to choose, it would definitely be the bass. I had three friends who were trying to put a band together. We were sitting around and they mentioned that if they only had a bass player, they would be set. I responded by saying, " I'll be your bass player......What's a bass?".....It was a perfect fit, me and my bass.

    Tell your story...........
  2. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    my buddy and I used to get together and play our guitars. I was a lousy guitar player so I switched to bass. We got a drummer and walla, our first band.
  3. tramp


    Mar 5, 2004
    South Louisiana
    I was playing rythmn guitar in a band while I was in high school and our bass player got mad and quit. The band leader says to me, you are our new bassplayer. Forty five years later I am still playing bass.
  4. I had always considered me too clumsy to play any stringed instrument. I was having a hollyday in Ibiza, at a friend's house. Friend mentioned "my 2 guitarrists are the typical who started playing in their thirties. That was hint number 1.

    Hint number 2 was September the 21st, 2007 (day after I heard the 30s comment). I saw a TV section on Jaco Pastorius' death 20th anniversary. I saw that guy there and decided I had to learn to play bass. So I decided to buy a guitar... (yes, I thought I had to learn guitar first, then bass). So when I got back home I bought a second hand variax guitar and started fooling around.

    Hint number 3 was my cousin is a pro bass player, and I had seen him on stage a few times, with the same 'jaco' smile of happiness.

    So in November I bought a second hand MIM Fender P-bass and got a teacher. One year later got in a rock band.

    Now I am waiting for my shop to get me a G&L 2500 from USA.
  5. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hmmm, I was 10 years old and I watched that historic first Beatles Performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. I saw Paul McCartney with that cool looking bass and I said;

    "This is something I have to get into"

    Been playing ever since.
  6. abrahamseed


    Feb 19, 2009
    the Piedmont
    i love that part about your cousin wearing that jaco smile.........that's classic

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