You picked up the bass out of what? need or want?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by PollyBass, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. Need, wanted to be in a band.

    4 vote(s)
  2. Want, Picked it up, had to play it,

    24 vote(s)
  3. Both, wanted to be in a band, picked it up, and loved it.

    26 vote(s)
  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah, just wondering how many people picked up the bass out of need to play in a band, because no one else wanted to play it, or, those who just picked one up and loved it, or, both. mine was a litle of both, belive it or not, i was going to play guitar for the band (Had been playing guitar for about 4 years, dont hurt me, please...) but my friend said he would pick up the guitar. well, i went to get my first bass, i had never touched one before i ordered my ....kramer...focus or somthing like that. well anyway, when i pluged it in,,,,o man,,,you couldnt get me away from the groove thing if you wanted to. its also good that i got the bass, seeing as me and the drummer are the only ones in the band with a sence of rythem. (I write some of the beats as a matter of fact). so, tell me why and how, and how you felt about it (Bass).
  2. I picked up the bass to be different. I was going to learn the guitar until I realized there were 20+ guitar players at school but only 1 or 2 bass players... so I figured if I played bass it'd be easier to get gigs.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I wanted to start a school band with a friend who already played keyboards.
    It was either guitar or bass for me, because I played classical violin at the time and thought I could transfer some skills from there.
    We found a really good drummer, who's still my best friend and the best drummer I know personally.
    Since we had to have a teacher aboard to get the band approved by the headmaster, we asked a teacher who played guitar. He also brought in another guitarist and a vocalist.
    So what was left was the bass.
    I picked it up and fell in love. Haven't looked back since.
  4. I wanted to play the bass.. when i was a young, clueless punk-kiddy, i always crancked the bass in my radio up so the bassguitar would be more audible :)

    besides.. i don't like small instruments.. big boys should play with big toys. :)
  5. I originally wanted to play guitar and was taking lessons on an acoustic....Then "Powerslave" by Iron Maiden came out. I heard Steve Harris and have had no desire to play guitar since. That was in 1984.:D
  6. A couple of friends started a band, and invited me. We only had 2 guitars, no drums, no bass. I thought, "Ya know, I think that it would be easier to play a bass. It only has 4 strings."

    Man, could I have been more wrong? Oh well, it didn't matter. The band folded after about 10 practices and 1 gig.

    Rock on
  7. I picked up bass in order to be more like a whiny voiced guitar player half the world away - Billy Corgan. :oops: :oops:

    Well, I've grown up - a bit - since those troubled times. Now I play bass because I want to be Jack Bruce. ;)
  8. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I WANTED to play it. It is the instrument that I feel most at "home" with.
  9. Dan Muller

    Dan Muller Guest

    Sep 28, 2001
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I started playing bass because my best friend has been playing guitar for 7 or 8 years. We were having a few brewskis one night and we came across this "crazy" idea of creating a band with our drummer friend. I was designated as the bass player. So I borrowed a bass and a little amp from this guy I knew, learned how to play bass, and then bought my own bass, which I love. My friends and me only jammed a bunch of times in my home town of Baltimore, MD, until I moved to the sunny state of Florida with my girlfriend. I love the bass and I play it for at least an hour or two every day. I have also transferred my skills as a bassist to the guitar (hey I wanna be as versatile as possible). I'll never stop playin Bass. It's way too cool.
  10. Laker


    Mar 23, 2000
    I originally played sax in my first band, but the bass player taught me the basics of guitar and had me play two songs so he could front the band on his tunes. After playing the bass for the first time I knew it was my instrument of choice. I traded my bari sax and cash for a used '63 Fender Jazz (did the dealer see me comin' huh?) and after a couple of months I was playing bass in a lounge act. That was 38 years ago.
  11. one word: FLEA. but then i discovered Jaco, Stanly Clarke, Victor Wooten. and i was hooked
  12. I picked up a bass when a mate left his at my house after a party. I quickly realised that I could make a vaguely musical sound, which I could never do on my dad's guitar as a kid, after that I didn't stop. I now play guitar as well, but I'm not that great, and I will always prefer bass.
  13. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    kinda both ....

    i HAD to play some instrument for school band ( i didnt have a choice, everyone had to be in band )

    but... i always wanted to cuz my dad played and i would watch people play guitars and want to do it myself. so a little of both. bass hooked me, i will be a bass player until my fingers fall off :)
  14. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Both..I wanted to play bass, I loved it and everything..And me and my friends wanted to start a band, and we already had drummer and guitarist:)
  15. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I picked up the bass mainly because I liked to play instruments, and the guitar sounded really whiny and screachy to me. I picked up the bass and played some notes and was just in awe.
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    My friends band needed a Bass player,so I bought a Bass and joined his band.
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Out of need, but not the kind in the poll.

    When I was 12, my dad's church split, and all of the musicians left. I had tried guitar at 9 or 10, and couldn't play barre chords very well. My brother told me that my fingers were too short and stubby.

    Now the church had no music, so I could pick whatever I wanted. I started on drums, because we needed a drummer, and my brother played drums, so I looked up to him.

    Later on, my best friend, who started on bass when I started on drums, quit coming to church.

    I switched to bass, out of need, and discovered that I was meant to be a bass player.

    Been over 20 years, and I've never looked back.:)
  18. I picked up the bass after battling it out between guitar and bass. I chose the bass for various reasons. One reason was because in my grade alone, there are many many guitar players. Another reason is the my brother had me listen to Victor Wooten, and I thought, if I can get an instrument to sound like that, then that's what I want. I look back everyday and I'm real happy with the choice I made. Bass players are of a different breed. I'm proud to be a bassist.

    Then again, that's just me...:D
  19. I saw all of these people around me playing instruments, and I chose bass because there was too many guitar players around. I think I made the right choice.

  20. BigJH


    Jan 20, 2001
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I chose bass because I have always loved the sound and the feel of it. Now that I have one I can't be I just need to learn to play better.