Originally Posted by bejoyous
Start reading - musicians' biographies would be a good start. Or historical fictions set in an era of pieces you are working on.
Musicians' bios are amazing! Check out "The Blues All Around Me" which is B.B. King's and "Way Down" which is Jerry Scheff, the bass player for Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley, The Doors on LA Woman, and various others. They're both amazing books.
Originally Posted by Inverse Kinetix
Dude, learn another language! Lot's of opportunity where you live.
Being bilingual is so cool, for so many reasons!
Learning new languages is awesome, I agree with this. BUT, you have to practice to keep it up. I took two years of German in school and I haven't spoken any German in two years, so it's fading. But I'm learning Spanish now..
Originally Posted by Sam Sherry
For the past couple of years I've actually worked at playing jazz guitar. I've risen to the level where I totally suck.
Just learn to play guitar. In any form. It'll help A TON when you transfer back over to bass.