Musicians who swapped instrument and became more famous for that instrument?

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Quick question: which musicians out there changed instruments for whatever reason, only to become famous playing that instrument.

Mark King of Level 42 is one. He swapped to bass from drums and is now one of the world's top slap-bassists.


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Dave Grohl.

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Van Halen.

Eddie and Alex both swapped instruments.
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Jack white originally was a drummer, now he is for the dead weather tho
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Brian May of queen started on banjo and ukulele
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Damn I'm are too slow to mention Dave Grohl lol. I would say James Hetfield because he used to play drums but he didnt take it anywhere professionally
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#11
Chris Wolstenholme from Muse was originally a drummer and a guitarist.



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#13
I'm surprised there hasn't been 683674674 Opeth fanboys screaming Mikael Akerfeldt yet.
#14
Alex Webster. He played guitar, then took up bass because it was supposedly easier to master.
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joey ramone?
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John Myung of Dream Theater
Can't remember what he played originally but he swapped to bass

EDIT: He played violin from the age of 5, & was asked to play in a band as the bassist at 15, & I think I remember reading somewhere that he borrowed or bought a 6 string bass from a neighbour & stuck with it ever since
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Dragonforce's keyboardist Vadim


used to play guitar in college I think
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Krist Novoselic, the bassist from Nirvana, played guitar to begin with but then switched when they needed a bass player I think.
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Mustaine went from lead guitar to rhythm and vocals so i guess that counts.
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#22
Any famous musician who starts out as a drummer, I guess.
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#27
The bassist from FOB.

As much as I hate him now, he used to scream in a Arma Angelus, or something they were called. Tim from Rise Against played bass for them I think, so maybe he counts to.
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John Myung of Dream Theater
Can't remember what he played originally but he swapped to bass

EDIT: He played violin from the age of 5, & was asked to play in a band as the bassist at 15, & I think I remember reading somewhere that he borrowed or bought a 6 string bass from a neighbour & stuck with it ever since


He didn't switch to six string until after the first DT album.
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John Myung of Dream Theater
Can't remember what he played originally but he swapped to bass

EDIT: He played violin from the age of 5, & was asked to play in a band as the bassist at 15, & I think I remember reading somewhere that he borrowed or bought a 6 string bass from a neighbour & stuck with it ever since

Myung used 4 string bass untill ~1992/4.
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Slash originally played bass


No he didn't. When he started learning guitar he accidentally bought a bass guitar thinking it was a guitar. But his teacher told him, "that's a bass."

But Duff McKagan used to play drums and guitar when he lived in Seattle. Then switched to bass when he moved to LA because he knew there were too many guitar players.
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#33
Flea was a child prodigy at playing the trumpet, but then learnt to play bass at about 19, with Hillel Slovak as his teacher.
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Dom Howard- from drums to bass and vocals.


Yeah this, and Matt Bellamy to drums and Chris Wolstenhome from bass to guitar and keys.
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#36
The singer from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus started out as a drummer. My friend from his hometown says he was pretty good. Shame.
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