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Since the age of twelve, I’ve been playing music. My first guitar was actually a toy my grandmother gave all her grandchildren for Christmas. She played acoustic guitar in a trio with my mom and my aunt. Seeing her pull her guitar out, sparked an interest in guitars that has never gone away.
Rhythm guitar was my first love. However, at the age of sixteen, I was introduced to the bass guitar. Our church bass player quit coming to church, but he left his bass and amp. Once you are used the fullness the bass guitar adds, the music sounds empty without it. With the foundation of the guitar, picking up the bass was fairly easy.
In just a matter of weeks, I had fallen in love with bass. My parents were the best ever. They constantly encouraged any musical effort, so when I asked for a bass guitar, my father began looking. Soon, I had my own bass and amp.
I’ve never officially had a lesson for guitar or bass. God gave me an ear for music. His gift has allowed me to play bass for two Southern Gospel groups, assist with music at several Women’s Conferences and Camp Meetings and play in my home church weekly. God has given me the talent and all the glory, praise and thanks goes to Him. When He is the Teacher, there is none better.
My first bass guitar was a knock off of the one Paul McCartney used to play as a Beatle. I still have it as a matter of fact. From there, my collection has grown. There are still a few on my wish list, but of my collection, my favorite is the Schecter. I play this bass now everywhere I go. The neck is slim, which is good for me since I have short fingers. The tone is rich and it’s just an overall great bass to play. It delivers plenty of low end power! If there was a drawback, it would be that you have to be careful when buying strings. Since the neck is long, the strings must also be long.
The strings I use are the Elixer 5 set. Just click the image below to learn more about them, or purchase a set for yourself. They're wonderful strings and I highly recommend them.
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