I've been playing for about a month now. I really enjoy it! But I feel that I need to stay away from TAB--not exactly sure why, but I try very hard not to use it. Now I do have a background in Bass Cleff music from my high school years, but that was 15 years ago. I am finding that reading the music is starting to come back to me, but I'm also finding it to really be slowing me down while learning a new instrument (this is my first string instrument--if you don't ount my feable attempt to learn how to play the guitar.) If I look at the tab, I can learn the lesson MUCH MUCH faster. So do you folks think I'm taking the wrong approach? My goal is to be able to play in a band sometime--probably a classic rock/pop/country music type of a band. The kind you go see at a bar or club to have a good time. Maybe I should take some time to learn to read music in realtion to the Bass Guitar AND some time to learn songs from tab AND ADD learning by ear?