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Unread 08-12-2002, 09:53 PM   #31
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think bass is a great place to start. By teaching yourself rythym first, it takes away all the "strumming" problems on guitar later
I agree. Also when I was playing in a band I would watch the guitarist and learn a lot from observation.

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Unread 08-14-2002, 11:50 AM   #32
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To tell the truth I wish I never did . I Learned the hard way when I was in high school I was a jock I had a line drive come back thougt the pitching mound .IT Bought killed me it hit me right below the nose drove the bones right to the back of my head thier was blood everywere . while i was recovering i would practice on a old kay made like an 401 rick that a friend of mine had sitting in his house. The worst thing about it was all the scouts that were thier never gave me another chance but that was party my fault because I NEVER PITCH AGAIN. but that was twenty years ago I have played in three bands seince and have loved every minute of it. Now i practice with my church choir on wensday just to keep my chops up . I wish i could find someone to start a group with.
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Unread 12-05-2002, 04:09 PM   #33
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i was 15 when i started to play bass

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Unread 12-10-2002, 02:35 PM   #34
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Started on Bass when I was 15. I got a Yamaha RBX7 for my birthday and still play it today in the church band 12 years later. Before bass I played tuba for 5 years in a community band. It just seemed natural to go to bass after I quit band.

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Unread 12-10-2002, 04:29 PM   #35
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I was 14 when I started. Now I am 15,and play at church on the worship team and at North Central High School, Spokane, Washington in the band.Go Indians!
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Unread 12-11-2002, 11:06 AM   #36

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Started guitar at 13 in 1971.

Started bass at 18.

Still play both.

Much more experience on bass. Since I don't expect to make any records or do much more gigging, I'm probably out of challenges on bass.

Went back to guitar. Playing lead and acoustic in the praise band at church. Plan to do it as long as God wants me to.
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Unread 12-11-2002, 01:29 PM   #37
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What you make stuff thats challanging to you? Thats what I do.
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Unread 12-30-2002, 10:38 AM   #38
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I started when right before my 17th birthday. My friend was practicing on his guitar, and wanted a bass beat to go by, but the bassist wasn't there. So I picked up her bass, and looked in her bass book for the notes, and just started thumpin away with him. I've been playin for about a year now, and me and 2 of my friends have formed a band. Everybody at our church, and the other churches we play at have been really surprised with our progress. I got it easy though, because I find the bass the be a really easy, and addictive instrument.
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Unread 01-01-2003, 09:22 PM   #39
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I got my bass on christmas, 4 days before my 14th birthday...
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Unread 01-02-2003, 02:51 PM   #40
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my dad got an acoustic guitar two years ago (15, almost 16) and i tried to learn but lost interest...got a bass for christmas a month before i turned 17 (iBanez GSR200) and have made great progress...i have since started playing guitar and drums also...i know a guitarist who started playing lead guitar adn he cant play rhythm worth a lick, and i actually pick up on guitar stuff quicker than him. That just goes to show you that Charlie is right, it helps to start w/bass for rhythm purposes.
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Unread 01-04-2003, 10:11 PM   #41
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i was 12 and in 7th grade (yes 12 and 7th grade, my b-day is late in the school year). still need to get my own bass though. stared in a jazz band at school and now i'm playin in our p&w band @ church that we started up in the summer. thing is our awesome guitarist is at belmont for college. our new one isn't that great but hey, we aren't in it for the sound, we're in it for who we're praisin right?
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Unread 01-07-2003, 05:06 PM   #42
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I started A little over a year ago when I was 14.

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Unread 01-07-2003, 06:00 PM   #43
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read through some stuff on this thread and heard about bass players switching over to guitar, go for it, it leaves more bands that need bass players like me. I thought about swithing over to guitar but thought nah, high octave freaks bother me. and you can do more with a bass
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Unread 01-08-2003, 03:25 PM   #44

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I started play guitar when i was like 16... then the begingin of december 2002 i picked up the bass. ,y brother's been playing drums for the worship team @ youth group and the one nite the leader was joking around saying they needed a bass player. my brother said i'd been wanting to play but didn't know how and didn't have a bass... so i went to the practice @ 6pm before youth group and learned the 4 songs we played that nite by 7pm... i have been in love ever sonce... this coming sunday i get to play with the worship team for a normal cgurch service!!!! I'm so excited!

I still know VERY VERY VERY little. and i'm learning pretty much by having the sheet music set in front of me and playing basically the bass note of the chord... i've been looking up tabs on the web... but they're all written in a way that confuses me! can anyone help me with that? Here's one part to Punk Rawk Show by MxPx... can anyone dissect this for me and tell me how to read this?!?!?!

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Unread 01-08-2003, 03:32 PM   #45
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the E,A,D,G are the strings in standard tuning, the number is the fret that you play. and you read them from left to right as if you were reading a letter. hope that helps
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