Was it a magical moment of discovery? Did you switch from another instrument? What was the first bass you ever played? I remember my first time. It was on a Gibson SG short scale. I was playing to a song on the stereo. I must have been 10 years old. I could only play one note, but it was in perfect rhythm. That's when I knew. Some time before that my uncle (a musician) took me to the park to watch a band play. He told me to look at the band and decide what instrument I wanted to play. The bass player was playing a sunburst blocked and bound Jazz Bass with all the chrome pieces attached. I pointed to him and said, "That instrument!"