I play Bass guitar, I have a VB Rogue bass. I've been playing for about 5 months, I got a great feel for my bass ever since I started playing. My teacher says I have talent, I hope he is saying that because he means it and not to just boost my confidence and saying it to keep me coming back. I would say that maybe I am pretty good, because on my first week of playing I learned 'Let me roll it-Wings' and 'Dig a Pony'. I also asked him tuesday if he thinks I'm ready to play with other people even though I've only been playing for five months and said he does think I'm ready to play with other people and explained to me where to find people and what its like to play with other people. I'm guessing he does think I'm good if he thinks I'm ready to play with others and told me how to find other people. He wouldn't throw me out into a den of lions without having confidence in my skills.
Anyways, the idea of picking up bass guitar came from when I first started listening to The Beatles. At first my favorite beatle was Paul because his music in The beatles appealed to me, then it was George who bacame my favorite. I loved 'Old brown shoe' and just absolutely loved the bassline on it. Then I started watching the Let it be movie and listening to the album a lot. I thought Paul was so cool in the movie and loved his violin bass guitar in it. Around that time Paul became my favorite beatle again and still is to this day(as you can see from my avatar and sig). So in february of 2005 I bought tickets to Paul's US tour. So I waited six months for that concert which was September 16, 2005 in Miami(the first of the tour). So during the six months I became obsessed with the Let it be movie and album. Then I came up with the crazy idea of actually getting a guitar like Paul's. My family didn't believe me at first and thought it was a dumb idea. I had a pretty crappy job at the time so a hofner was out of the question. I looked around the internet and saw Musician friend was selling its own brand name Violin bass for 200 bucks.
I was undecided whether I should get it and even started a few threads on this forum whether I should get a bass guitar or an electric guitar. So September 16, 2005 rolls around and I still didn't buy the guitar. I went to the concert and had the best time of my life and was just so amazed by it. It was about a week later that I bought the bass guitar because I saw Paul in concert and decided thats what I wanted to do. I've always loved the deep sound of bass even before I got into The Beatles. So I got it in september and didn't actually get lessons until the beginning of June 2006. So basically Paul was the inspiration behind my getting into bass playing. I'm a great admirer of Paul both in The Beatles and in Wings and hope to reach his level of awesomness.
I would love to hear everyone elses inspiration behind getting into the instrument they play. If you don't play an instrument and just love to sing, then I'd love to hear why you got into singing too.