hey Ant! you have been a great inspiration for me! the things you say seem to make complete sense and have been really helpful. i have been struggling with a certain aspect of my playing for a while i thought maybe i could get a word of advice from you my problem is i did not learn to play by ear, i learned to play from chord charts and knowing major and minor arpeggio shapes and reading basic lines while mostly pedaling root note or learning songs from tabs! which was a bad idea i dont do that any more. but i was always given a chord chart and told what to play when that ended i started feeling lost. i feel very apprehensive as a musician as i dont really have a good ear, i mean i cant right away play back what i hear from someone else, like a melodic phrase for example. for the last couple of years i have been working out music by ear but it feels like a real "TASK" every time i have to do it. i always need to put a song in audacity select a part maybe slow it down etc but i want to be able to just learn parts on the fly, possibly without even trying them on a bass myself as all good musicians are able do so they just hear something and know how to play that back without having to fiddle around. what do you suggest, how do i get better at that? any thoughts will be really appreciated! thank you!