What year did you start playing bass?

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  1. blacktocomm

    blacktocomm Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    West By God
    I first picked it up in 1990. I was 16 years old. You?
     
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  2. delta7fred

    delta7fred

    Jul 3, 2007
    England
    1967 when I was also 17.
     
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  3. Oddly

    Oddly

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    1981, 16.
     
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  4. Phil60

    Phil60 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2018
    Charlotte, NC
    Started in 1974, 14 years old.
     
  5. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I was sixteen when I traded a trombone for my first bass in 1972. :cool:
     
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  6. grade 8 band... 1984.
     
  7. johnh89

    johnh89

    Jan 25, 2020
    Kent UK
    Never picked up an instrument until 2012 aged 45 . Guitars , banjo , mandolin , sitar and a few others .Dabbled with the bass but only took it up in 2019 aged 52 . First gig 10 weeks later . Oh how I wish I had picked it up 40 years earlier .....
     
  8. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    1995 at age 28.

    I was a drummer up until then. All the local bands had drummers but no one had a Bass player, so I jumped ship from drums to Bass and have been here ever since.
     
  9. Rob1957

    Rob1957

    Dec 3, 2020
    1973, at 16 years old.
     
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  10. 1973 [19 years old] Baseball was my thing but wasn't selected at Cincinnati Reds tryout so If being a Major League Ball Player was out; Rock Star was my second choice:)
     
  11. 1968, 12 years old.
     
  12. MIMike

    MIMike

    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    1977 when I was 16.
    I already could read music, and kind of picked up electric and upright at about the same time.
     
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  13. blacktocomm

    blacktocomm Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    West By God
    Lots of experience in this thread. Respect.
     
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  14. mrjim123

    mrjim123 Supporting Member

    May 17, 2008
    Indy
    RougHouse
    1972, when I was 21.
     
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  15. Texaspandj

    Texaspandj

    Feb 13, 2021
    Heart Of Texas
    Well I got my first bass at 14 but didn't know one thing about playing it. So I count 1995 at 32 years of age. I was taught by my son.
     
  16. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I don't remember. I know my parents started me on accordion lessons and my brother on piano lessons in 1961 (I was 9 and he was 7) and I started teaching myself piano, guitar and bass sometime after but I don't recall when. Piano came first and the guitar and bass maybe a year or two or three or maybe four later.

    I became interested in bass in the late '50s when my uncle gave us a small record player and a 45 of Jingle Bell Rock for Christmas so that was '57 or '58. I was facinated by the bass walkdown in the intro.
     
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  17. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    ‘72, age 18 I think. It was near my birthday so it might have been 19.
     
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  18. pocket_groover

    pocket_groover Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Northern California
    1963 when I was 13. Surf music, Ventures, then Beatles and Motown and many others.
     
  19. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    On an actual bass, in 1968. But before that, I had been thumping around on the wound E, A, D, and G strings of a nylon string guitar that had lost the top ones after a half-assed attempt to learn chords, which bore little results.
     
  20. Clipped

    Clipped

    Aug 9, 2014
    Jersey
    2010 - Bass & Amp as a “let's give this a try” present for my 45th birthday. Best gift ever.
     
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