Roll Call - How Many Years Have You Been Playing???

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Postby BCbassman » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:07 am

I started looking into playing basst in November 1968 - meaning I found a guy who wanted me to buy his Amoeg sb-12.
I made a deal with him- find me a bass teacher and I'll buy your amp. He found a teacher for me I bought the SB-12. and I started lessons in Feb of 1969 on my brand new Hagstrom bass.

So 38 years is the answer.

I wish I still had that amp, but I traded it in on my Ampeg B-18.

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Postby BigDaveOnBass » Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:28 pm

Started playing in 1983, age 22. Late bloomer, have never taken a lesson, and boy does it show!!
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Postby Treehugger » Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:29 pm

22 yrs and 5 as a profession.
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Postby Silverbass » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:16 pm

Since 86 with three year hiatus around 97-00.
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Postby throckmorten » Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:29 am

Taking "play" in the broadest possible sense: knowing how to hold the instrument without dropping it, thumping it in a more or less pleasing way, and doing so on a regular basis [bassis], if not in public:

3 yrs [smilie=icon_redface.gif] [smilie=icon_redface.gif] [smilie=icon_redface.gif]
Started at age 53 [smilie=icon_redface.gif]
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Postby oneluckyguy » Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:37 am

MacTecTommy wrote:By the was, is Bassist a word? All the spell checkers say no!

bass·ist /ˈbeɪsɪst/[bey-sist]

1. a singer with a bass voice.
2. a player of a bass instrument, esp. of the bass viol.
3. a player who's eyes light up when a light is shined in their ears

[Origin: 1865–70; bass + -ist]

stupid spell checker :smokin

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Postby Golem » Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:26 am

Actually playing? Then I'd hafta define "Playing".

First touched the thing 9 yrs ago. Somewhere between then and now I began actually playing, for better or worser. And it looks like a long haul from player to musician. Someday .... someday ....

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Postby michael king » Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:31 am

Wow, haven't thought about that in a while.....

In high school I had been banging on guitar for a few years, but I was totally frustrated, I just couldn't GET it!

In 1972 I saw a Sekova violin bass hangin on the wall in the local music store.
I bought it for $89.95, took it home, and I immediately realized I had been playing the wrong instrument!

I've been at it ever since..... [smilie=icon_cool.gif]
Uhhh, not really, dude....

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Postby Funkster » Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:35 am

Started playing in early 78 so right around 29 years. All that means is that I'm getting old. :D
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Postby KPJ » Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:23 am

I first picked up a bass in 1981. My guitar playing buddy tried to show me what notes to play so he could solo. Kicked it around a few years but never got serious. Finished high school, went to college, got a job, picked it up again for real in late 1992 and haven't put it down since.
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Postby jshilgebass » Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:52 am

Started on acoustic guitar waaaaaaay back in 1971 as a 7th grader (due to injury; broke arm, lost feeling in fingers, arm in cast, cast taken off, fingers still numb, doctor recommends therapy by either squeezing a rubber ball or play guitar, opted for guitar, rest is history). Still play acoustic guitar on a professional basis (in church gigs as song leader), and have had/played electric guitars over the years. SOOOOO...that would be 36 years of that.

From that early start, we cut to me as a junior in high school. Back then I learned songs live or off the radio by ear (I can read music now, but that's another story), and as I learned the guitar part I kept getting drawn to the bass lines, so I started picking those out as well. Someone at the time told me that a bass guitar was the first four strings on a guitar, only tuned at a lower pitch. So I got into playing bass on a cheap Japanese short-scale bass one of my brothers had but lost interest in, and another thread in my personal music history gets underway. Let's see, that was back in 1974 or so, SOOOOO...that would be 33 years of THAT.

I still love playing those skinny-stringed things, but I must admit that I much prefer being the BASS PLAYER! I get a lot more work as the bottom feeder in bands, and I have come to understand just how much power I have when I'm playing the thick-stringed things.

...33 years of bass playing, and so much more to learn. AIn't it great?

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Postby Rob Francis » Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:04 pm

1965 same bass but hiatus for the last 15 years. . . .ending soon :)
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Postby oddio » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:42 pm

Another 1965er here.

REWIND: I started formally on string bass, with clandestine electric gigs on the side. Marriage/job in '71 didn't totally deter my efforts. Divorce 5 years later gave me more time to pursue my love (bass) again. There were fewer gigging opportunities though, as disco had killed many of the decent live clubs and local gig opportunities in this neck of the woods.

FFWD: Still at it... mostly with guys I played with 35 years ago. Damn - everyone managed to get pretty good over the years. Who would have guessed that we'd all end up back here???
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Postby PeppermanL2K » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:39 pm

Started playing at it in 1978.

History: ... 593#p60593

Took a sabbatical in the mid '90s. Only consider myself to really have been playing for 3 years when I started playing with my current band.

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Postby GLJeff » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:45 pm

Aussie Mark wrote:I had one of those hiatus doodads for most of the 90's too.

Same here, when Grunge came in, I left...

I played guitar from 76-83 and bass from 85 to present. Keyboards 93 to present.



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