Originally Posted by 2blackrooks
Never played an instrument before but always wanted to so now at 45 I'm going for it.
As you are starting off from absolute scratch, I would add my recommendation for both "Studybass" and "Bass Guitar for Dummies".
You Tube videos are good but the one draw back IMO is a lack of continuation. There are lots of beginner clips but few have a follow up. Perhaps later, when you have the basics down, you can delve into You Tube. The great thing about the above book and site, is that all the lessons are in chronological order, i.e. each lesson builds on the previous one so there are no learning gaps.
Dont neglect technique. Learning good left and right hand technique at the start will not alone have you playing to the best of your ability, but will also help you to avoid possible injury problems later on.
Best of luck.