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Was Bass your first instrument?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by WashburnAB95, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Bass was first

    47 vote(s)
  2. No I played something else first (please share)

    143 vote(s)
  1. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    I played acoustic guitar before I played bass. I couldn't imagine picking up a bass with no musical experince or no prior string instrument experince.

    So was bass your first music instrument or did you come from a prior bacground on another instrument?
  2. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    I learned piano first. Then guitar and bass at the same time. I always prefered bass to guitar.
  3. Played alto sax from 5th grade to 7th, then baritone sax from 8th to 11th. Started playing playing bass around the 10th grade. Playing the Bari helped a lot.
  4. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I played piano first, then fell out of that. Then I discovered Metallica and Cliff Burton, and wanted to play bass. Then I got to college and tried to learn guitar, but decided that bass fit me better after all. The rest is my story.
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Recorder (flute) and then clarinet.
  6. I learned & studied Voice, Piano, Euphonium & Guitar prior to dedicating to Bass (26 yrs now).
  7. fdorn

    fdorn Over the hill bassist

    Jan 12, 2011
    Green Bay, WI
    I played cello.
  8. Played an acoustic in a junior high elective class.
    Got my first Electric 6 string at the end of that semester.
    Played that for around 4 years, then got my first bass.
    What a change it was, totally unexpected, but I stuck with it and now I'm a fairly good bassist (i think! :D )
  9. spanndrew


    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    Instruments in order:
    Guitar(short lived)
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    First yes. Now i also play guitar and keyboard.
  11. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    You went backwards from me :)

    I find bass and guitar compliment each other. Bass hass made me stronger and given me more finger independance. Guitar has made me faster and more coordinated.
  12. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Drums first... hence, my handle.
  13. Bass was first, been playing since I was 7.
    Later on learned guitar and a little piano.
  14. No, played viola from 4-6 grade, "drums" (snare drum) in 7th grade, and then bass in 8th grade plus. Was so bummed to play "drums" and get a single drum. I wanted a kit so bad.
  15. Classical guitar from a young age and drums at school
  16. Purplefowler


    Jan 3, 2014
    Piano (grade 5), music theory (grade 4) and self taught guitar (badly)!
  17. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Recorder (age 7)
    Classroom singing (5-10)
    Electric bass (13)
    Classical guitar (14)
    Trombone (14)
    Double bass (15)

    Turning 27 this year. But to answer the actual question, I suppose recorder was my first instrument.
  18. NO WAY! I learnt Euphonium at the same time as bass! I thought I was the only Euphonium player in the entire world :ninja:
    I learnt drums for a half a year and guitar for a month before I picked up bass.
  19. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    Started on clarinet, aged 12. Added alto sax at 16. Picked up acoustic guitar at 19, adding electric (12-string at first!) at 21. Ditched the clarinet and sax a year later and was just guitars until I picked up a bass aged around 34 and got hooked. I now (at 38) play acoustic, electric and bass guitars, a bit of keys (dusting off some vague classroom memories from 20+ years ago) and added mandolin to my repertoire a couple of months ago.
  20. :confused: I think bass was first :meh: I know bass was the first one I liked.
    Thanks a lot, now I don't know any more :(