Viola Guitar Then Bass I got beat when I tried to play my step fathers guitar ( I still played it ) and had a natural aptitude for it. I taught myself to tune by ear and learned any song I cared to with relative ease. I grew tired of the knock-a-rounds so joined concert band in Jr. High. I enjoyed it immensely. I was given Viola because it fit my hands better than the viola and no-one wanted to play it anyway ( win! ). Eventually my mom bought me my first guitar from Andy Penn's Drum and Guitar City ( no longer around ). It was some Russian torture device with action that you could swan dive off of. It prepared me well for transition to bass when ( like most bass players I know ) I was the odd one out in the band. My two buds had quality guitars so it made sense for me to by a decent bass ( 1979 Peavey T40 ) with my Burger King money and off I went.