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Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Dudie, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    Are there any good double-bass players that started playing late in life, or did everybody this "wonderkid" career with classical piano at an age of 6 and so on...

  2. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    I am not a double bass player so I can't render an opinion, however THIS THREAD may be of interest to you.
  3. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    That was a good and interesting thread. :D
    Are there any famous bassplayers that started late in life?
  4. SleeperMan2000


    Jul 31, 2002
    Cary NC
    Ray Drummond I think.

    Oh, and me of course :D
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I'm not sure that you would have heard of any of them - but I've met lots of good DB players in the UK who started out on bass guitar and only came to DB later on in life.
  6. I'd like to know of ANY famous musician musician (as in not a folk/pop artiste) who started late in life. I need inspiration this week - lots of it.

    BTW 1) Bruce - tell us about the synaesthesia - I just copied and pasted your link into explorer - I like the tale of the cellist. I see it relates to your Messiaen quote - do you have it?
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No - but Messiaen did - which helps make more sense of the quote!! ;)
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Havergal Brian wrote most of his symphonies after the age of 70 - but I'm not sure that counts, as his career was "interrupted" by WWII...:meh:
  9. I've never heard of him to my shame, but as he left school at 12 when he was much in demand as a church organist and played violin and cello in local orchestras I guess not. Of course, I found this information by checking on the web. Don't split on me to PW will you :D :D !

    I always wanted improvisation to be like painting - to choose the notes that reflected the emotional colours of my thoughts - but no, I ain't got synaesthesia either - I'm just a lapsed painter.

    You will have noticed I put BTW 1), which implies there was BTW 2) etc, which was just going to point out that PW posted 2 or 3 grumpy repies at the same time yesterday. He must have run out of choccy bics with his afternoon tea?

    I've had a pint now so I no longer feel like holding my own counsel :eek: .
  10. bass_means_LOW


    Apr 12, 2004
    Las Vegas
    Mr Man, Vince Lataeno the drummer with Cal Tjader said he was playing in Sacramento with Ray when they were in High School.
    I've made a living for my family of two sons by playing bass. I'm definitely not famous.
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I know there are a few well known bassists who started late in life...trying to recall their names :D but I think you'll find that they all played some OTHER instruments first. In other words, they already had been playing music for a while before taking up the bass.

    If the root of your question is "can it be done", I got my first string bass when I was 27 but didn't play it more than once or twice a year until I was 40 (I'm 49 now). Today almost all the calls I get for gigs ask for the upright. While I have a day job I'm playing 2-4 nights a week in a city (Boston) where there are a ton of great pro bassists so I'm at least holding my own.

    I had played clarinet for two years in elementary school, took a few months of organ lessons in high school and started playing EBG when I was 20, but didn't play a paid gig until I was 25. I'm nowhere near being a "great" bassist (I'm swiftly approaching "competent" :p ), definitely a late starter.
  12. BubBass


    Jul 6, 2004
  13. winston


    May 2, 2000
    Berkeley, CA
    I remember watching a documentary about the life of pianist Bill Evans in which Evans said he didn't really start to be a serious pianist until he was 29.

    Fingerpicking acoustic guitar wizard Adrian Legg couldn't have been much younger than 40 when his international touring/recording career took off.

    I feel like my ability to concentrate and give meaningful energy to pursuits that interest me improves as I get older. I've only been seriously playing the DB for 14 months (I'm 31 now) but I feel like I've made more progress in that time than the previous 17 years playing BG.
  14. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    +1. I'm in the same boat (I'm 31 in December). I've never felt like I got so comfortable as I do now with music and I've only been playing for a few months. I've never felt so connected with the noise I'm making than I do now after learning music for 24 years. And I have the focus, discipline, and desire that I didn't have 15 years ago.

  15. What the hell are you talking about Mike?
  16. edge83


    Apr 12, 2004
    Astoria New York
    I'm almost positive i've read more than one interview with Harvie Swartz saying he did not start playing bass until after Berklee, where his principal instrument was piano while studying comp-

    so even though i'm sure he got into studying music at a younger age, he's a major, technically virtuosic player... so that's inspiring.. that level of virtuosity without heavy classical training from a young age etc. etc.

    this, if it's accurate, totally invalidates that internal justification i find myself using too often- but is also very inspiring
  17. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    I wouldn't call myself a "great" player, but I started DB 5 years ago at age 35. Before that I was a jazz pianist who doubled on electric. My personal feeling is that if you have music in your ears, that's half the battle on any instrument. The rest is just determination, hard work, and downright bullheadedness. :)
  18. Hell Paul - this seems like a long time ago - as I remmember it, in the middle of a string of three or four posts you made, in which you were not a happy bunny, was a grump about people speaking only from what they found out on Google and not from experience/personal knowledge. This is exactly what I'd just done of course. And a reasonable grump it was too. What made you so unhappy that day I wouldn't like to speculate. Hope you're in fine form now though :hyper: .
  19. I'm so ******* happy it hurts! You gotta understand That grumpyness is part of my SCHTICK. :D
  20. Johnny L

    Johnny L

    Feb 14, 2002
    Victoria, TX
    I agree with Chris here completely. I'm 35 too, started about 3 years ago, and never wasted much time wondering if I had started "too late". On the other hand, I do consider it "too late" to stop now... :D