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. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    Records, 8 tracks and cassettes. Yea I'm old.:crying:
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  2. logdrum

    logdrum A person! Supporting Member

    Poker. But I can't keep the required face. I tend to have the "I am digging this really deep face". Just watch the Scott dude or the Warwick endorser from Colorado on youtube So played bass to pair with my facial expression.

    Drums. Specifically a log drum..
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  3. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Before the bass, i learnd piano in my my music school.
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  4. lat


    Dec 30, 2014
    Lower Basstonia
    Well, main instrument of choice before you picked up the bass... So, which instrument was your main one just before you switched to the bass being your main one...

    Your path to the bass is pretty cool. Lots of experimentation.
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  5. What did I primarily play before the bass? Football (or "soccer" for you foreigners). Pretty well, too.

    Bass was the first and only instrument I ever wanted to play. After I'd had one a while, and picked up a bit by listening to records and playing along by ear, I took guitar lessons for a couple of years to learn more about music and technique for a fretted instrument, but bass was what I played at home (when I should have been practising my acoustic lessons). I do still play a bit of rhythm guitar sometimes, with friends, but not in bands and never for money.
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  6. Bass clarinet. Guess I like low notes.
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  7. blastoff


    Sep 5, 2007
    way out west
    interesting poll. a lot of wind players.
    i played tenor sax all through high school, and then bari sax, then tuba, and finally string bass. i dabbled with electric bass and guitars all throughout though since my dad is a guitarist.
  8. Started on trumpet as a kid, played it for 20 years (lead trumpet, semi professional). Started playing bass to back up the juniors in the school band I was conducting. I had to practice a lot on the trumpet to keep up, and I didn't have the time to do it. Bass was easier, much easier. Then I bought a double bass, and now I have to practice a lot again. Now i actually have the time to do it.
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  9. teh-slb


    Sep 21, 2018
    Classical guitar, ages 8 to around 19. Then I had a two year "break" after being severely disillusioned with the instrument. I picked up the bass guitar for a few reasons. At the time, it appeared to me that it was the closest instrument to classical guitar in terms of technique. I also wanted to play with other people. Lastly, at the time, I really liked Mick Karn and Percy Jones.

    Ten or so years later, I still think that classical guitar "training" helped me a bit with fingering, especially when playing fretless, although I feel that plucking the two instruments is vastly different. I also fell out of love with Mick Karn and Percy Jones, and grew to appreciate more subtle material. Oh, and playing with other people worked out too, including pop, jazz standards, playing alone behind a vocalist, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

    My only regret is that I didn't give up on guitar earlier.
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  10. teh-slb


    Sep 21, 2018
    Didn't NZF use to be NZSA until 2007?
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  11. Ah, well, I live in New Zealand but was born in England, so... I've always called it football, except for the years I lived in Australia, when mentioning "football" in conversation would be assumed to be AFL.
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  12. teh-slb


    Sep 21, 2018
    That explains it :laugh:
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  14. RumbleMan3


    Apr 14, 2018
    I played Football, and Xbox!

    Sometimes even Football ON the Xbox!


    But seriously...
    picking up the Bass Guitar is one of the best things I’ve ever done, I couldn’t even imagine my life not being a bass player!

    (But I still love my football...

    and my Xbox...

    and football ON the Xbox!) ;)
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  15. baileyboy


    Aug 12, 2010
    Played flute in grade school. Mastered "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Threw it all away to pursue bass in high school.
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  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    piano > saxes > bass. studied each.

    i felt it was time to hide my identity. :laugh:
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  17. Muziekschuur


    May 25, 2009
    My wife!
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  18. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Group "W" Bench
    Did you play bass over Macho Grande?


    And did you develop a drinking problem?


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  19. Wissen

    Wissen Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Central PA
    Violin from 4th to 8th grade, Trombone from 5th grade through college. Sang in school and church groups from age 5 on. Picked up bass at 15 right before 10th grade.
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  20. BergerHead

    BergerHead plastic phantastic

    Aug 22, 2018
    Basel, Switzerland
    Chess, soccer & doctor games with my neighbor's daughter; then i went 13 and played bass only ... later guitar & drums as well.
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