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What made you start playing?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by jonnyatk, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. jonnyatk


    Nov 30, 2012
    Ok so hello all,
    First post! so dont be harsh!

    So I thought id make a post just for some fun...
    And my question is What made you start playing bass?
    Was it straight to bass or did you play other instruments before etc?

    For me it began when I heard The Mad Capsule Markets - Pulse on THPS 3 around 2001 (Was it was really that long ago!?)
    I just loved the tone they had on bass!
    But I was young and without cash and thought it may just be a dream.

    A few years went buy and I was well into my skateboarding untill when I was 15/16 and a friend was selling his Bass/ Combo Amp for £50 I grabbed a bargain, it was a "does the job" Squire precision thing and 35watt Laney Hardcore Max amp (which i still use today)
    However I couldnt really grasp it and my fingers felt all too weak to really play it, so it became an on and off thing.

    I hate to say it but I later converted to guitar :meh: and bought a used Ibanez GIO for £90

    I played that for a while and gained strength in my hands learning some ramones and stuff like that and kept switching between bass and guitar.
    I finally decided to stick with the bass and now my guitar sits in its guitar bag

    Its only been in the last few of years ive been really getting into it, like really trying to learn scales chords n what have you, which is another reason I joined the talkbass site it has loadsa good posts and lots to think about

    Love bass
  2. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I saw Victor Wooten playing on TV when I was 14 or so. I expressed my desire to learn to play bass, and my mother bought a bass and amp for my 16th birthday.
  3. jonnyatk


    Nov 30, 2012
    Nice! Victor is a monster! -in a good way
  4. Cycho


    Nov 30, 2010
    I was never the best guitar player in any band I played in! Now the guitar doesn't even interest me.
  5. I played rhythm guitar in my first band, years back. Took up bass when our drummer and bass player bailed on us. So, at first, it was logic and necessity. It just seemed that as the rhythm guitarist, and the one most closely listening to and grooving with the bass player, I was the logical one to take it over. But it quickly turned to love. Still play some guitar, but my love of bass makes it my primary instrument.
  6. Rush. Moving Pictures tour. 4th row. 1984(?)
  7. bigalbass


    Dec 12, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I was about 10 when I touched my first bass. I had a immediate attraction to the way that the instrument felt, the fat strings, and powerful sound. It would be another 5 years before I started playing (another story), but I always knew what instrument I was drawn to.
  8. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    I decided I wanted to play bass guitar after seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan TV show February 9, 1964.

    This will only make sense to TBers approaching 60.

  9. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Cliff 'em All.
  10. jonnyatk


    Nov 30, 2012
    I hear that!
  11. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Seeing Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, & Led Zeppelin (in that order) live and blowin' up my first set of stereo speakers the summer of '73. :bassist:
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I played low brass in the band. Band director walks up to me one day and says he wants me to play tuba in the jazz band. I decline 'cuz tuba ain't cool. Few days later he takes me into his office. Over in the corner is a brand new Fender P and an amp. "You have 4 weeks to be ready." The rest is history. I'm actually working with my old school to get that bass. Wish me luck!
  13. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    Wanted to expand my pallette from just being a drummer and I always loved the bass, so I picked one up. Been neglecting my drums ever since. :D
  14. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA

    I remember watching that on TV at age 7 (I'm now 56). It was that moment on Feb 9, 1964 that the music switch in my brain got flicked on.

    But it wasn't until I heard Chris Squire grinding away in "Yours Is No Disgrace" in 1971 that I knew I had to become a bass player. Got my first bass in 1972, and I've been playing ever since.


    Feb 6, 2008
    Listening to motown,british invasion.and then driving in the car with my Dad listening to Bob Moore/Buddy Harman nashville cats,my mother was an opera singer who loved listening to Black Gospel,and then hearing all the great horn bands of the late sixites,and seventies...Rocco Prestia,Verdine White,James Jamerson,Bob Babbit...etc..
    It really was all about my listening environment as a child.
  16. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    It was the seventies. Women liked big, muscular jocks, or guys in bands.

    I was 5'5 or so, and around a hundred pounds.

    I went the obvious route.
  17. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    If that was you're reason for doing it and you're still in it after all this time, it must have pulled you a lot of tail! I wouldn't know, I have yet to leave the bedroom! ;):p:D
  18. It´s the power and the rythm that made me do it!

    Well, mostly the POWER! :hyper:
  19. Auguste


    Apr 5, 2012
    1961 and I bought my first record player and about 20 singles from a friend whose father made him sell them.

    I started with the sax

    Now 50 years later I am learning to play the bass.
  20. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I had moved to a new town when I was 16 years old. I met some people at school who played in a band and I wanted to fit in. I started playing guitar and put a band together. It was myself a guitar player and a drummer. We could never find a bass player. One night the other guitarist pointed out that whenever I did any kind of fill it sounded like a bass run. He suggested that I play bass. I thoought about it and the next day, I picked my guitar and started messing around, not playing anything specific. I realized that the guitarist was right and I decided to buy a bass. I found that I picked it up very naturally and taught myself to play. I have been playing ever since. I still play guitar and also play keys.