Hi! Ive been reading the forums for a while but had a few Instruction questions I couldnt find answers to otherwise. Im a singer/songwriter who mostly writes lyrics but I have so many tunes and rhythms in my head. I can play a little piano and guitar, but I have a much easier time with bass, which I started playing a few months ago. Im a few weeks into lessons. My goals are to sing and play at the same time, as well as compose and record my own music. I know it takes plenty of patience and time. And Im having fun writing songs on bass and practicing, even with the frustration. At the moment, my instructor has me working on smaller goals to build on, as well as a lot of theory and technique. Inspired by the postings here, I bought Music Theory for Dummies (for now) and The Complete Idiots Guide to Composition (for later). Im not sure if these are sufficient enough resources as far as method goes. I can read music and write a little but dont have ear training. Also I dont know all the chords and scales. Ive noticed that many people who are better at chord-based instruments can pick up the bass flawlessly. Im wondering if the opposite might be true. Right now, Im using a keyboard app on my Iphone to write chords, but it isnt terribly effective for putting parts together. Would you recommend picking up a chord-based instrument after learning bass if I want to write songs? What would you recommend? Like, would it be easier to play a four-string instrument than guitar? And, if so, how soon? Ive noticed several bass players can go between plucking and picking/strumming with their fingers, and Im having trouble replicating that style. Im mostly a pop/R&B songwriter, no crazy Les Claypool tricks for me. But I want to be able to play pick-style and alternate between both moves (and even some slapping) without using a pick. Any tips? Should I start reading into recording music long after Ive mastered the instrument and writing music? Or sooner? Where are some good places to start? How do you feel about sampling and looping versus forming a band, or both?