There were very few “combos” in the Kansas City area in the early 1960’s, but the Beatles changed all that. With their basic lyrics, simple bass and lead lines and elementary song form, any dumbass with a modicum of talent could whip up enough courage to play a few chords and get out there and play, albeit cover songs.
I was one of those dumbasses who figured out enough shit to get away with sounding like I knew what I was doing. Besides, ultimately I had the biggest bass amplifier in town. So I went for it.