Hmm. I was taking lessons, and being rather bad at everything. I'd started learning 3-chord punk shit, then some Van Halen and G'n'R songs, thought I was the baddest-assed mo'fo' in the universe when I got the final solo from November Rain down. Didn't know shit about theory, but I knew all my chords. I think at 16 I'd just bought a bass, but I wouldn't start lessons until I was 17. Those bass lessons would be what'd lock my rhythmic and harmonic chops in place, so I guess at 16 I was pretty piss-poor.