Hello all, brand spankin' new to the music instrument world, had a friend give me a "hand-me-down" Dean bass 3 months ago, started doing self-teaching through youtube videos and learning little popular riffs and whatnot, but about a month ago I finally went to GC and bought a book, I was recommended "alfreds complete bass beginner guide" and also bought a new bass, an Ibanez SRA300 (I don't know why, but the sales guy was very adamant about this bass, saying its the best bass for the money, etc, etc, and it was on clearance for 219, so I went ahead and took the bait) Anyways, for the past month I been going through the book, and really trying hard to dial in and master all the chords, scales and arpeggios, it came with a DVD where you have to play along with the music, which I really like since it helps with timing. However, I'm having a huge issue with consistency, which in turns hurts my confidence with the bass, sometimes when I play with the DVD, I nail it dead on, which makes me happy. Then, to make sure I "get it" I will continue practicing the same bass lines, only to find that the 2nd and 3rd and even 4rth time around, I always fumble half-way through and have "brain farts" where I forget the notes or hit the wrong strings. It's frustrating! It makes me question whether I'm really getting it or not. I just wanted to ask if anyone here had similar learning experiences, and what you did to remedy the situtation or what advice you got that helped you. I been playing for about 3 months now, I try and get atleast 1 hour a day of practice in, this is just a hobby right now, I'm not looking to join any band or anything, its strictly for leisure, so I'm not in a hurry to learn fast, I just want to make sure I learn right and dial in these basics, but I'm really strugglin'. Sorry in advance if this is the wrong sub forum. On a side note, the action of my Ibanez is killing me, I mean I love the sound of it, and I appreciate it building my finger strength, but doing the "1 finger per fret" on these thing is a ton harder then on my Dean bass, where the action seems very low and its just easier to get around. Should I try and lower the action at the bridge or just keep practicing and let my hands adjust?