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As the title says, what inspired you to take up the bass? For me it was seeing a video of Phil Lynott playing live when I visited the Hard Rock Cafe in Prague. I was already considering taking up an instrument at that point, but I had no idea what up 'til that point.

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My friend Nick Anderson, a fine bass player I haven't seen in decades, was my original inspiration. About 14 years ago I was sent off to get an amp at the guitar center because one was needed, and I fell in love with the bass I was handed to try the amp out with. It's a Peavey T-40, I adore it, and have never even considered getting another. I'm glad to say that recently I've been playing it more than ever.

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I have four friends who play guitar, so I wanted to do something different. I eventually narrowed it down to drums and bass, and I sure didn't want to have to set up a whole drum kit every time I felt like practicing. I like the sort of invisible feel the bass guitar has; you don't consciously notice it's there, but if it's not... you'll hear it.

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I started guitar at 16, and when I move to London, I wanted some low end for my compos.

Then when I started looking for a band, there were more "jobs" as bassist... So I started playing in bands as bassist, and never looked back. I now consider myself more as a bassist than a guitarist. I almost do not play guitar at all.

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for me it was a few things:

1. listening to my dads jazz albums as a kid...specifically Eugene Wright of the Dave Brubeck Quartet...the way the bass line consistently moved around the beat was soooo cool

2. watching my uncle play upright in a jazz band

3. Geddy Lee and Steve Harris

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Bit late to the party but I think I was like 11 and my dad showed me Jaco Pastorius. I was like shiiiit that's so cool! I wanna be like him!! My dad being a professional guitarist was like ugh why do you have to pick the bass and not guitar but I was a stubborn child and got my first bass when I was 12. Been playing since. Jaco, Jaco, Jaco!

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6 hours ago, chiquitabatman said:

Bit late to the party but I think I was like 11 and my dad showed me Jaco Pastorius. I was like shiiiit that's so cool! I wanna be like him!! My dad being a professional guitarist was like ugh why do you have to pick the bass and not guitar but I was a stubborn child and got my first bass when I was 12. Been playing since. Jaco, Jaco, Jaco!

How long have you played the bass?

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