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Who Else Started Bass at 14, or some other crazy young age?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by CaseyVancouver, Jun 27, 2018.


  1. twrshredmaster8

    twrshredmaster8

    Oct 27, 2013
    I started playing bass at age 8. It was my older brother's Gemco bass. Gemco was a store chain in Sacramento, California that sold groceries, and other stuff~ the precursor for 'Walmart' or 'Costco'. They had guitars and basses hanging along the check out aisle. The bass cost $35.00. I'm left handed and learned to play Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles and Deep Purple songs for the next two years...on an "upside down" right handed bass. At age 10, my older brothers had decided I was going to be a bass player for life, and to my horror, changed the nut and strings around so my E string was on the TOP OF THE FRETBOARD! They said I would thank them later when it came to reading music and playing with other guitarist's. I got a Danelectro bass at age 10 in 1975, played it until 14 when I smashed it at a backyard keg party "Who style". Then got a lefty Gibson bass w/ EMG's, then a custom Carvin LB-75 with maple fretboard, and finally a lefty Modulus Graphite 5 string (the 2nd one ever made in SF, CA). Had the pleasure of going to 'Bass Clinics' with Stu Hamm, Alphonso Johnson, and Michael Manring, after the incredible luck of studying jazz theory and playing in a 32 piece 'Jazz Orchestra' lead by Ray Brown. I feel very blessed to have met most of my heros and legends in the Rock Pantheon, and cherish the wisdom and knowledge they've pass on to me about music, but more about real life. REAL songs have meaning & emotions, and are crafted from real life experiences. You can FEEL IT when you listen to the music. This is what makes an Artist vs a 'Music Star'....massive difference.
     
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  2. Tigerclaw_x

    Tigerclaw_x

    Apr 25, 2016
    Started bass at 41. Year and a half ago. Last time I played an instrument was 17. When I finished musical school in class of piano...
     
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  3. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy... Supporting Member

    Back when I was about 13 years old in 1994, I found a beautiful old Yamaha neck through BB series Precision style Bass in a sunburst finish, sitting idly in its case in the hallway behind the baptismal at our church. I was running through there with my friends after the church service and happened to notice this giant looking guitar case, and upon opening it I found to my surprise a bass guitar. I had seen a guy playing the bass at one of the youth group services and I thought it was pretty cool but I'd never had a chance to pick one up, so I went and found the pastor and asked him if I could take it home and borrow it, and since no one seemed to be using it he "said sure no problem", and even let me take an old Traynor 115 solid-state combo amp with me that happened to be hanging out behind there as well. To make a long story short, I was hooked right away and spent all my time trying to figure out how to tune it and and do the fingerings and pluck the bass, and it was pretty funny because I didn't even realize that you weren't supposed to play the melody of the song at first, so I was trying to play all these songs by ear with the melody line. The music director who was a great classically trained piano player thought that having a bass player during the church services would be a good idea, and so they were nice enough to give me a bunch of lyrical word sheets with the chord name written above them and that's how I learned to play the bass! I don't consider myself a religious man these days, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to play live music when I was a kid all those Sundays and at the youth group because it really helped develop my sense of musicality and my ability to fit in with a group of musicians in a live performance setting. :smug:
     
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  4. I started playing when I was 10, I believe. Got my first bass as a birthday gift in 2010. It was a used Ibanez Iceman ICB-200 in Mahogany.

    Not nearly as long ago as some of the others on this site, but seems like I’ve been playing forever.
     
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  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    You're not dyslexic, are you? Surely, you meant 14, right? :D
     
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  6. Tigerclaw_x

    Tigerclaw_x

    Apr 25, 2016
    Nope. 41 is correct:) Just one day decided to pick up the bass...
     
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  7. marius1777

    marius1777

    Dec 17, 2016
    I started when in 2014 when i was 11
     
  8. levonrocks

    levonrocks

    Nov 21, 2012
    Easton, PA
    I started playing electric bass when I was 9-years-old, which was in 1999. My dad is an upright player, my mom plays piano, and my grandpa was an accomplished guitarist and tenor banjo player. I started playing upright in my teen years. I was always drawn to the bass, which was convenient because my older brother played guitar very well. I bought my first electric bass (a sparkly red Yamaha) from a friend for $20 and a used skateboard.
     
  9. Joshua B

    Joshua B

    Jun 19, 2018
    I spent two years with an upright in high school. Absolutely loved it. I’d reallly like to own one, but they’re expensive, require periodic maintenance, and, well, I drive a Honda Civic
     
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  10. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    Arizona
    Feel your pain! You would be a great candidate for a squire fretless bass for a few years. " what you can conceive you can achieve" Earl Nightingale
     
  11. Irishrebel

    Irishrebel

    Apr 17, 2018
    Yes, 14! It was 1979, the height of the punk era. Friends in school in Belfast were forming a band. I had done piano to grade 1 so fancied myself as the keyboard player. When I got catalogues for synthesisers (mainly Moog and Roland then), I was shocked at the prices. I just knew my working-class parents were paying enough for me to be in this middle-class school so I'd not be getting one.

    Then my friend said that since the rhythm guitarist wasn't joining, he was giving up the bass to do rhythm, so maybe I could do bass guitar.
    "What's that?" I asked.
    "It's a four string guitar an octave lower." was the reply. Another friend overheard the conversation...
    "I know a guy who's selling his first bass for a better one." So we met up that night for me to go and see this bass. It was a cheapo short scale. The seller played Teenage Kicks on it and handed it to me. While he was chatting to my friend, I fiddled about. Found the notes I was looking for. Within about two minutes, I was playing Teenage Kicks too!!!

    He watched me play this in silence, then turned to my friend. "He's good, isn't he!?"

    I didn't buy the short scale. Being near xmas, my parents bought me a Grant full scale and a Merlin 100 watt amp as my starter.

    Haven't looked back. :)
     
  12. I started playing when I was 13. My dad bought me a bass and an amp and surprised me with them for Christmas two months after I had turned 13. I am still, and will always be, grateful for him doing that for me.
     
  13. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Pipoquinha at 11yo:
     
  14. Irishrebel

    Irishrebel

    Apr 17, 2018
    I remember getting my Marshall 4x12 into my friend's Metro! :D
     

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