Hi everyone. First post here - looking for some advice. Since my early teens I was always drawn to the bass. I loved the sound, and the fundamental role it played in music that many casual listeners didn't even realize, but I never pursued it. Now, as a middle-aged man, I finally decided to pick it up. My goal was not to play live, but to become competent enough that I could relax at home and play along to my favourite tracks etc. I rented a decent bass (Fender American Standard Jazz) and signed up for weekly lessons. I wanted to see if it was something I truly enjoyed and would stick with. Well, it's been two years now, I bought the same bass I was renting, and I'm still at it - weekly lessons, and daily practice without exception. Because I have a full time job, and a wife I need to spend time with occasionally , my practice time is usually limited to about an hour a night tops. I still look forward to getting to my practice space and learning though. My lessons are light on any theory and more focussed on just learning songs that will introduce me to new techniques/styles, etc. My problem is this: I was really hoping that after 2 years I'd be better than I am. Although I'm night and day above where I was when I started (which was literally nowhere!) I still feel quite clumsy on the instrument. Just to give you some perspective, I could absolutely never sit in and jam with anyone without it being a frustrating experience for them. So, my question after this long-winded intro is what should I be doing to progress? Or is there anything? I have my doubts that I can ever reach my original goal (e.g.: maybe I started too late in life, or maybe the constraints on my practice time are what's holding me back, or maybe I'm just not cut out for this). Any constructive thoughts on the subject would be appreciated.