Well I started playing the bass guitar when I was about fourteen or so, although before that I did some messing around with an acoustic guitar. But I always knew that, for some reason, what I really wanted was a double bass. But of course they're expensive, and uncommon in places like Chester [Paul's home town]. I had no formal musical education, just the very basics of notation at school, but with that I was able to work things out for myself - after all it's not brain surgery. I believe music is very simple, and people make music out to be very complicated only because it makes them look good. I was also working things out by ear by listening to records. Then I played in a rock band with some older guys doing gigs in local pubs and clubs, and they showed me a few bass lines, etc.
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