Hi, Just discovered this great forum. I've recently picked up the bass. In my 40's with no previous musical experience. I recently bought the fabulous Bass Method 1-3 book by Ed Friedland. I'm working through it but it's taking me so damn long to learn even the simplest tasks. I'm putting in 30-60 mins a night but it's taken me close to a week to just master exercise 34 & 35 in book 1 (for anyone familiar with the book). At this rate, it looks like it's going to take years before i can even knock out a simple song. Some folks here in previous threads seem to be learning and playing one song a night from the book. I'm also finding that i'm getting a sore right arm. No matter how many different positions i try with this arm, it starts to ache. I've checked out quite a few videos about right hand technique but still not working for me. Any advice or encouragement would be hugely appreciated. Thanks.