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What made YOU want to play bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by amusicalperson, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. I got my first guitar when I was 3, didn't pick it up until I was 9. Played a couple of years but got frustrated with all the 'want to be' guitar players (I'm sure we all know a few! Lol) so I gave up playing guitar a while. The first moment I knew I wanted to play the bass was when I heard the opening bass line to "Sweet Child O' Mine" kinda lame? Yes. But go easy on me, I was young. I soon discovered the wonders of Paul McCartney and that gave me more of an interest, but it wasn't until I discovered John Paul Jones that I took my bass playing seriously, I started practicing for hours everyday until I could play every Led Zeppelin song. I still practice everyday (not just Zep tunes obviously! Lol) but Jonesy is definetly the reason I still pick up my bass everyday.

    So what's your story?
  2. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I was mediocre at playing guitar. And where I grew up, the guitarist to bassist ratio was about 20-1.
  3. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
    I am old.... James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt and Paul Mccartney made me want to play.
  4. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    my friends older brother playing rage against the machine covers and nailing that style of playing, in a high school gym shortly after rage's first album
  5. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I wanted to play it before I even knew what sound it was making on the records I was listening to. It was bigger than guitar, and had four big fat strings on it instead of six little ones. I just thought that was cool.

    No, not lame, that's a classic bass melody every rock bassist should know. :bassist:
  6. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings
    Listening to Larry Norman, Thin Lizzy and Beach Boys. went WOW, felt that groove rhythm. Feel in love with how the music moved me.
  7. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    Like I've said many times before, Paul McCartney playing bass on Sgt. Pepper.
  8. basschanges

    basschanges Unconditionally Loving Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    I always appreciated the role of the bass in music. Plus, everyone in my high school was playing guitar. I wanted to complement their playing and be able to play together. I also wanted to be different and get proficient at an instrument that was overlooked.

    It wasn't until two years after that I really got into the beauty and depth of the instrument.
  9. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Manitowoc WI
    The Beatles!
  10. zeppfan90


    Mar 27, 2013
    JPJ!! YES!!! My all time favorite as well.
  11. 1960jbass

    1960jbass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    Seeing Jaco and Weather Report on "Midnight Special." Also hearing Dave Hope's work with Kansas and finally hearing John Entwistle.
  12. My age. Nobody wants to see a overweight balding old fart playing lead guitar. Guys our age are bass players. ;)
  13. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Middle school band teacher asked me if I wanted to play bass in the jazz band. I got an electric bass and spent a few weeks during the summer working through my cello etude books.

    The rest is history. ;)
  14. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    "Bass solo, take one";)
  15. Heard "Caught in a Mosh" for the first time when I was 12... The bass part made me want to play bass.
  16. Gizmot

    Gizmot Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    I became a bass player because I could make a better contribution to a band as a bass player than I could as a guitarist. For the last 30 years, I've played bass because I don't have the dexterity to play guitar or keys well any longer.
  17. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    I always say I became a bass player by accident, haha. I was a high school freshman and the band was doing a a rock/metal christmas number for their holiday concert. I was a guitarist at the time but all the positions for guitar were taken for that song in particular. Director said "Well, we need a bass player". So I happily joined on (I'd do just about anything to get on a stage in those days) and picked up the bass. Learned how to play with my fingers because that's how every bass player I knew of did it (Geezer, Geddy, Steve Harris, etc). Within a few weeks of practicing I was easily twice as good a bassist as I was a guitarist. I now own four basses and two electric guitars. So I became a bassist unintentionally, but I'm glad I did, haha.
  18. Being at a high school dance watching Painter (later Hammersmith). For some reason the basser quit playing & I heard all of the soul of the music leave the room. Also to get girls & I thought 4 strings easier than 6.

    BIGREDSIX Supporting Member

    Seeing the Beatles the first time they were on Ed Sullivan. I was hooked.
  20. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Gene Simmons, and an early-developed and abiding fondness for low frequencies.