I'm not an excellent trumpeter, but I used to be able to hold my own, and I was wondering what's an easy way to apply reading music to playing bass. I don't want to buy a bass book, so i usually go towards tabs. I don't like tabs, because unlike most music its a lot of listening and then reading, and back and forth. Is there something I can use like guitarpro or some cheap software than can translate songs to bass? Also is listening to music by ear a very common thing amongst bassists? I can do it, just very very slowly. What are some tricks of the trade? Cuz I love practicing and I feel like i'm missing something.