What Instrument Did You Primarily Play Before the Bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lat, Aug 8, 2019.

  1. Nothing. Bass is my very first instrument.

  2. Drums / Percussion

  3. Guitar

  4. Wind Instrument

  5. Other stringed instrument

  6. Another instrument altogether (including carrots).

  7. Piano / Keys

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  1. Jon Lars

    Jon Lars

    Mar 16, 2011

    Four strings, fretless.
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  2. Magthegrate

    Magthegrate Way less skilled than my gear suggests.

    Sep 18, 2017
    Austin, TX
    Before I played the bass, I only played the radio.
  3. The Rage

    The Rage

    Nov 12, 2013
    Piano and keys.
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  4. Violin. Some piano, but it never was my thing. Classical violinist by training. Took it really far, as I did with bass.

    It really helped when learning bass, and I could sight read on violin (well) and piano (slowly or with just one hand at a time decently), so I started playing bass from music right away (with a few wrong notes on a regular basis for the first while).

    Totally like the Cheater's way to learn bass is to already be a good classical violinist and passable trained pianist! Otherwise I'd have played very differently, I think.
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  5. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Played a variety of horns (little bit-o-valve trombone) ended up with tuba- switched to bg cause it was cooler! :smug:
    Added a pictoral :D



    Little bit-o- Cinderella Man :bassist:

    Same guitarist- a few years later...

    Coupla years ago... ‘This Velvet Glove’
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  6. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    Drums and guitar. Have been playing bass in a band for the past ten years but guitar player moved away so I am back to guitar now.
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  7. delta7fred


    Jul 3, 2007
    3 friends at school decided to form a band.

    One had a Spanish guitar that he could almost play a few chords on. The parents of another bought him a drum kit. I was left with no option but to take up bass.

    I couldn't persuade my parents to buy me one but the woodwork teacher suggested that I build one and with his guidance I made a short scale that was almost playable as long as you stayed below the 5th fret. (That was in 1967 and the rest as they say is history.)
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  8. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    There is no "before the bass".
    There is only "The bass".
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  9. Played guitar for many years, including in a jazz guitar ensemble. Our bass player didn't show up for a practice session, and the BL asked me to try the bass for the session. I was pretty much immediately hooked. Still play guitar and added mandolin a few years ago, but bass is now my primary instrument.

    Thump on,

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  10. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
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  11. garak7

    garak7 Irritating the Neighbors Since 1964

    Aug 20, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    I know I am not the only Bass player who started on the Bone!
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  12. Remoman


    Mar 14, 2017
    Of course not! Have since 5th grade, and still regularly, play bass and tenor trombone!
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  13. lat


    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Argh, how could I forget keys as a polling option?!? Added.
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  14. ahadl2500

    ahadl2500 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Greenwood, IN
    French Horn

    Started playing bass, because no French Horn in Jazz Band (except for a few random ones here and there like the Mingus Orchestra... definitely not at my middle school or high school though).
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  15. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Bass clarinet. Seriously.
  16. Drums. I play them since my mom gave me a kit for xmas when I was 14 or 15. Soon after, I became the drummer of the high-school pop-rock band. I'm not a pro and I never took lessons, but it is the instrument where I feel most confortable and can easily improvise.

    I could also say that I play synthesizers (not necessarily piano or keyboards). I've been composing and recording electronic music for 20 years, and have self-released about 10 albums and made a few live performances, sometimes alone, sometimes with a couple of friends. Always with the help of drum machines and sequencers.

    I play a bit of piano/keyboard.... barely enough to do a few songs with my band. Never bothered to practice.

    That makes bass the fourth instrument I play. I rather play various instruments mediocrely than be decent at one :)
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  17. Super Bass

    Super Bass

    Feb 4, 2017
    Nothing but BASS! and will always play bass until I am unable to...
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  18. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
    I played the old Tbone for like 10 years before switching to bass, and played both through college before playing bass exclusively after graduation. It actually has pretty good synergy. Wish I would have kept it up.
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  19. JoshS

    JoshS Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2018
    Oh. I guess I should have read this before voting. Now i’m the lone piano vote.

    But it was about 5yrs starting in kindergarten. Trumpet in middle school was more like 2 weeks. Still love trumpet music, I just didn’t want to do it.
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  20. Mordamir


    Oct 19, 2018
    Five string banjo, and some of the finger style from that bled into my bass playing.
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