I first learned to play guitar back in 1976 when I was 16 when I played in a church folk group. Then there was a long gap until exactly two years when I decided to get serious. I spent an awful lot of money on kit and invested a lot of time in doing it properly. Problem was, I wasn't getting any better even after two years. Sure, I could play some fast Thin Lizzy solos, but they were always less than perfect and my anxiety levels were always high. To this day I cannot do a mistake-free pentatonic run on the guitar at any tempo. Then about two months ago I picked up a bass. A super-cheap P-Bass copy, I have no idea why I bought it but I did. So I started some simple exercise: scales, major, pentatonics and blues at slow tempos. To my surprise I found that it was not as difficult as I was expecting. A major factor appeared to be the extra space that my E.T style fingers has to work with and the bigger strings. I was not fouling notes to the same extent that I do on the guitar. Another positive factor was my increasing awareness of where and what I playing. I went from being vaguely aware of intervals to being able to name the interval and note that I was playing. Again, something I did not do well on guitar. After a month of a daily practice routine, I decided to try some songs. I picked a few of my favourites from the 70's and 80's and approached the task as I would have on guitar with apprehension. The results amazed me. On guitar it used to take me several weeks to learn a 16-bar solo and to play it at 60% of full tempo if I was lucky. On the bass this was now taking two to three days. At this point in time, I am taking on some of my favourite disco and funk grooves and although I don't expect to be playing these as a virtuoso just yet, the rate of progress and improvement on a daily basis in remarkable. One example being the groove from Disco Inferno. I could do this error free at 80% of tempo after two days. For me this was a massive improvement. Why is this? Why after huge effort and much time, am I still crap at guitar and yet after just a few weeks relatively better at bass? Is it simply that my stubby finger tips are too big for the small strings I always felt that this was the case but hoped that practice would resolve this. Or maybe it's because the songs that I'm playing on the bass are different to the songs I would play on guitar. On guitar I play hard rock and blues on the bass, I'm playing the songs I love and grew up with, Rock, Disco, Funk... I am now seriously considering selling my guitars and amps I can't see the point in going on with them. I have now invested in three basses: a Jazz Deluxe, a P-Bass standard and a Stingray HS and all of them see daily use. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?